Updated on November 17, 2022

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➡ The ‘everyone’ setting for AirDrop in the nation has been restricted by the most recent iOS update.

Something extra that wasn’t included in the release for other regions was added to the iOS 16.1.1 update that Apple rolled out in China.

According to Bloomberg, there is a 10-minute time limit on when a user can accept files via AirDrop from people who are not contacts. People used to have the option of continuously receiving AirDrops from everyone.

According to the news source, activists and protesters in China have been using AirDrop to get around the nation’s online censorship laws.

It was widely used to share pictures of police brutality during the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. More recently, protesters have been using it to disseminate messages critical of Xi Jinping’s leadership and the Chinese government.

Users are less likely to receive messages from random protesters by restricting the “everyone” option. They will need to reactivate the option every few minutes, after all.

This is not the first time Apple has made a feature, or in this case, a restriction, that is only available in a particular area.

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Nevertheless, the tech titan has faced criticism in the past for adhering to regulations intended to suppress dissent in China and for making changes to guarantee its continued good standing with the Chinese government.

Apple has previously been charged with turning over some of its local data centers to Chinese authorities.

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More recently, it is said that the company instructed its Taiwanese suppliers to prevent parts from being marked “Made in Taiwan” before they are shipped to the mainland. Instead, “Chinese Taipei” or “Taiwan, China” should be noted as their source.

Bloomberg was not given an explanation by Apple as to why the restriction was implemented in the nation, but the company did inform them that it would no longer be a Chinese exclusive.

According to reports, it intends to make the new setting available to all users worldwide early next year in order to “mitigate unwanted file sharing.”

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