Apple has cut the cord to any China-based New York Times iPhone readers.
The Times reported on Wednesday that Apple removed both the English and Chinese-language versions of the newspaper’s apps from the iTunes store on Dec. 23. Other news publications are still available for download.
Apple told the NYT that Chinese authorities had flagged the app as a “violation of local regulations.”
The puzzling part about the take-down is the lack of communication between the NYT and the Chinese government. Authorities reportedly worked only with Apple, leaving the paper in the dark about the removal.