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Apple Removes Over 25K Apps at China's Request

21 August, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Recently, a report surfaced online suggesting that Apple removed 25, 000 apps from the App Store in China.

'We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store, ' Apple said in a statement.

Bloomberg reports that only 4,000 of the 25,000 apps removed were tagged with the key word "gambling".

"Reporters have discovered even after the Apple company's large-scale repairs, loopholes still exist", said CCTV anchor Chang Xiao.

With the rhetoric between Washington and Beijing heating up, China's state media has probed for deficiencies in Apple's China operations. State-controlled media in China accusing Apple of failing to act to block content that is pornographic, gambling-focused, and (ironically) meant to promote the selling of counterfeit products.

App stores run by other companies, including Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) and Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK), are also required to remove banned foreign content and gambling apps.

Apple confirmed it has recently removed gambling apps from its store, but did not confirm the number of apps or a timeline for the removals. China accounts make up about one-fifth of Apple's revenue, and the company's iPhones and iPads are assembled in China. CEO Tim Cook has spent much time in recent years courting authorities. A Fortune article recognized that threatening US companies with a large stake in Chinese markets may be an effective strategy to press companies to oppose the Trump administration's trade policies.

The move was met by criticism from some rights groups and even Chinese users anxious about data privacy. A year ago also the company removed 700 virtual private network (VPN) apps from its Chinese App Store on the request made by the government.

Last month, multiple media including state-controlled news agency Xinhua published criticism of Apple for not doing enough to filter banned content on its iMessage service. Apple's refusal to break encryption and allow access to intelligence agencies and police is well known in the U.S. and other western markets.



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