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Apple Releases New Update to Block Chinese Protestors from Communicating

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Apple restricts AirDrop file-sharing in China

that protesters have used Protests have erupted across China in recent weeks against the country’s zero-COVID

policy, but citizens will no longer be able to take full advantage of their iPhones’ AirDrop file sharing feature, which has frequently been used to bypass censorship and spread information about demonstrations. Play Video Workers protest at Foxconn iPhone plant in China Unmute View on Watch Under the latest software update, iOS 16.1.1, iPhone owners in China can only use AirDrop to receive files, images, and videos from other non-contacts for 10 minutes, according to 9to5Mac.

Once that 10-minute window lapses, AirDrop shifts back to contacts only automatically.

  • Apple limited AirDrop in China after protesters shared posters criticizing president Xi Jinping.

  • The update could help China’s government decrease the use of AirDrop among protesters.

  • Apple said it plans to expand the update to AirDrop users globally next year.

Apple put a 10-minute time cap on AirDrop for users in China weeks after the feature was used to share posters opposing president Xi Jinping and the Chinese government

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