Apple to cut 3,000 jobs in China after Chinese government shuts down news website
Apple is planning to slash 3,400 jobs at its Beijing-based Apple-owned Cupertino headquarters in the coming months after a government crackdown on the company’s local news service, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with the WSJ on Monday that the Cupertinos goal is to be “as close to zero as we can” by 2018.
Apple will hire a small team of people to work on its news operation in China, and will use “new technology” to cut the news staff’s work hours, Cook said.
Cook said the company is “not a huge news organization” in China.
But the WSj reports that Cook was referring to the local news website Tencent News, which has a history of publishing inaccurate news.
The WSJ says that after the government announced a nationwide ban on Tencent news outlets, Apple shut down its news site in January.
In February, Apple said it would buy Tencent for $600 million.
Read more at the WSji.