Apple removes Quran app, Bible app in China at Beijing's insistence

The apps, which are called Quran Majeed and Bible App by Olive Tree, were first reported as having been taken down by activist website Apple Censorship on Tuesday.

Apple directed the BBC to its Human Rights policy, which says: “We’re required to comply with local laws, and at times there are complex issues about which we may disagree with governments and other stakeholders on the right path forward. ”

Apple told the BBC that Chinese officials had said the apps breached laws on hosting illegal religious texts.