(Hypebot) After pressure from authorities in China, Apple Music has removed songs with lyrics that refer to the Tiananmen Square massacre. Several members of Congress members are calling out Apple for bowing to pressure and missing the chance to “become a stronger voice for freedom around the globe.”
Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were killed and thousands arrested when troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989.
“It’s disgraceful to see one of America’s most innovative, influential tech companies support the Communist government’s aggressive censorship efforts within China as we near the Tienanmen Square massacre’s 30th anniversary,” Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida told The Verge.
One of the banned songs was “The Path of Man”, written by James Wong. Wong confirmed that his lyrics referred to the Tiananmen Square protests. Two other singers censored by the app are pro-democracy activists Denise Ho and Anthony Wong, according to CNBC.