Apple'south Movies and iBooks Taken Offline in China

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 6:06 PM

Apple'south iBooks and iTunes film downloads have been taken offline in the country in an obvious move by regulators to crack down on web content.

Apple'south Movies and iBooks Taken Offline in China

China'south "Grand Firewall" strikes again.

Apple'south iBooks and iTunes film downloads have been taken offline in the country in an obvious move by regulators to crack down on web content. It'south unclear why the services were suspended. Apple launched its iBooks and iTunes film business in China latest year.

"We hope to create books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible," an Apple representative said in a statement to The NY Times. Apple didn't immediately reply to ABC News' request for comment.

Apple has enjoyed tremendous success with the iPhone in China, which is one of the markets driving the company'south growth. China is so necessary to Apple that CEO Tim Cook has previously said he gets updates on the company'south performance in China every day.

China has imposed filters on many favorite foreign websites including Twitter, Facebook and Google, earning the censors the nickname "The Grand Firewall of China." Despite regulatory struggles, technology companies have long had their sights set on the Chinese market and the enormous potential it could yield.

Earlier this month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the company'south first-ever managing director for China, despite the service being blocked in the country. Facebook CEO Label Zuckerberg has also made many trips to China and has even charmed audiences by speaking in fluent Mandarin.

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