The Amazon Audible audiobook service and phone apps for reading holy books of Islam and Christianity have been removed from the Apple store in mainland China as the country tightens its internet rules. The creators of the apps for reading and listening to the Bible and the Quran said the apps were removed from the China-based Apple store at the request of the government, allegedly due to restrictions on apps that distribute books or magazines. Both developers said they planned to work with the government to restore the apps. Audible gave a similar reason on Friday, saying in a statement that it had removed its app from the Apple store in mainland China last month “due to permitting requirements.” The Watchdog AppleCensorship website was the first to spot the deletions. The website monitors Apple’s app store to detect when apps have been blocked, especially in China and other countries with authoritarian governments. For more reports from the Associated Press, see below: Apple did not return requests for comment on Friday. Neither does the Chinese embassy in the US. The Chinese government has long sought to control the flow of information online, but is increasingly stepping up its application of the Internet sector in other ways, making it difficult to determine the causes of the removal of a particular application. This year, Chinese regulators have sought to tighten data privacy restrictions and limit the time children can play video games. They are also exerting greater control over the algorithms used by technology companies to personalize and recommend content. The popular US language learning app Duolingo disappeared from the Apple store in China over the summer, as did many video game apps. Pakistan Data Management Services, which makes the Quran Majeed app, said it is waiting for more information from China’s Internet authority on how it can be restored. The app has nearly 1 million users in China and about 40 million worldwide, the Karachi-based company said. Those who had already downloaded the app can still use it, said Hasan Shafiq Ahmed, the company’s head of growth and relations. “We are looking to find out what documentation is needed to obtain approval from the Chinese authorities so that the application can be restored,” he said in an email. The maker of a Bible app said it removed it from the Apple store in China after learning from the Apple App Store review process that it needed special permission to distribute an app with “book or magazine content.” Olive Tree Bible Software, based in Spokane, Washington, said it is now reviewing the requirements for obtaining the necessary permission “in the hope that we can restore our application to the China App Store and continue to distribute the Bible around the world.” . The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Apple’s actions and said the company was allowing China’s religious persecution of Muslims and others. “This decision must be reversed,” said a statement from CAIR Deputy National Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “If American corporations don’t get nervous and confront China right now, they risk spending the next century subservient to the whims of a fascist superpower.” This week, Microsoft said it would shut down its main LinkedIn service in China later this year, citing a “significantly more challenging operating environment and higher compliance requirements in China.” Unlike LinkedIn, which has been offering a specialized Chinese service since 2014, Amazon-owned Audible said it does not have a dedicated service for clients in China.