These activists are very selfish. Did they try to make an Android version of the app? The iPhone is only #7 in China. The number 1 to number 6 smartphones in China are all running Androids. Why would Apple be utilized by these people? Personally I don't think these activists are good for China. And this is the reason they are banned.
Here we go: another one of the bloggers/internet posters paid by the Chinese government to spread their views and dilute the public opinion. Remember the recent micro-blogging disaster, when "people" were outraged at news before the news actually broke, because they were paid to post pro-government opinions and didn't bother to check if the news had actually happened already?
Who cares what's good for China (read: the Chinese government and it's cronies)? What matters is what's good for the liberty of the Chinese people and the people who are suppressed by the Chinese government, like the autonomous Tibet.
Yes, these activists are "selfish", because the Chinese government is completely "selfless"... Hahahah!
Everyone programs on whatever platform they are comfortable with. I wouldn't program for Windows unless threatened with certain death or being paid at least ten times the going rate, because I hate the API, the tools, etc. If these people are OS X/iOS users, they will not program for Android regardless of how many users of Android there are, because there are enough Android programmers to make an equivalent piece of software for that platform.
Regardless what your political point of view is, your activism will always be applied where your field of competence is.
Your rhetoric is typical of American anti-China propaganda for the last several hundred years. The Chinese cultural values are traditionally disciplinary. This is not originated from communism. This Chinese cultural value is one of the reasons US Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act around 1870 when the word communism does not even exist.
You try to shift the argument by not quoting what I wrote my reply to. I fixed that issue, by including again the section of your original post that I was referring to.
So let's look at what you wrote:
"These activists are very selfish."
What activists? These are programmers who write software to prevent government snooping. In any reasonable country that's legal. I can encrypt and bypass NSA snooping as much as I want, while they try to break whatever mechanisms I use to protect my privacy. It's a cat and mouse game and even that is very much so stretching the US constitution and human rights. To outlaw communication that's not subject to government intrusion is totalitarian. So then you have the audacity to write this:
"I don't think you know the value of freedom of speech."
Now, let's continue with your original text:
"Did they try to make an Android version of the app? The iPhone is only #7 in China. The number 1 to number 6 smartphones in China are all running Androids. Why would Apple be utilized by these people?"
Why in hell should they write software for a platform they don't use and don't care for? It's like saying: "How dare they swim in warm water, why don't these selfish people go bathing in the Arctic Ocean!" I can tell you why: Because obviously, they are not masochists.
They write the software they have fun writing for, and the people who want to buy it buy it. That's called free market economy. And the government should keep its dirty paws out of it.
Then you continue:
"Personally I don't think these activists are good for China. And this is the reason they are banned."
Exactly how do they harm China? What they do harm is the absolute power and control of a thin elite of princelings at the very top, you know the hundred or so billionaire-communists running China with an iron fist in velvet gloves. (Note the contradiction in terms: billionaire communist, but they do exist...) So what you're saying, the reason these programmers, which you unilaterally declare to be "activists" have the potential to disturb the absolute control and power of a ruling elite by being able to read what the rest of the world writes without government censorship or posting their opinion about what's going on in China without having to fear direct retribution for themselves and their families. And you have the galls to write:
"I don't think you know the value of freedom of speech."
I don't think you know the value of freedom of speech. You think American values are great and can not be challenged. Yet any one try to raise facts that are different from the US media has been brainwah you for the last fifty years, you imagined that they are being paid by the Chinese government to do so.
I know the value of freedom of speech well enough to know that freedom of speech is under attack everywhere, including the USA, one just needs to witness the mainstream media witch hunt against Ed Snowden to know where the wind is blowing from. Maybe that's why the US and China get along so well, because the ruling elites are fed up with an uncomfortable, independent and educated middle class, which is why the middle class and a broad education base needs to be destroyed at any price. The goal is to have qualified, but uneducated cheap labor.
American values *were* great, i.e. the values of the founding fathers. The values on display in the US these days suck.
As far as "raising facts that are different": there are facts and then there are lies. There is no such thing as "different facts".
Why do you religion in China can not be wrong? Especially to those Tibetans that burn themselves? Can you say that these things has never happened in US? Do you want me to teach you the US history about a religious sect in US that killed over of the followers because a US representative is accusing their leader? I think Jesus once said when you want to throw a stone first think if you are innocent by yourself.
I'm agnostic. I don't care about religion. But international law has long upheld the principle of the right of self determination of people. If Tibetans don't want to be ruled by Chinese, they have the right to be their own country. Period. The Han can't just simply declare them to be their subjects just because there are valuable mineral deposits somewhere in the mountains.
Also, there's a massive difference between monks that burn *themselves* in protest, and some sect that kills *others*.
Further, I'm not a representative nor a defender of the US government. The US needs to be accused of plenty of war crimes, starting with Dresden in WWII, continuing with the overthrow of democratically elected governments in South America and most recently with conducting an illegal war in Iraq. BUT: one party's wrong doesn't excuse another party's wrong.
I will point the finger and accuse anything, anyone that I notice violating basic human rights and international law.
Anyone who defends a government plainly in violation of international law and of human rights is either a fool or a paid agent of that government. You can take your pick which of these two you want to be called. I thought that considering you a paid agent is less insulting to your intelligence.