Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Apple removes 25,000 apps from App Store in China


Recently, a report surfaced online suggesting that Apple removed 25, 000 apps from the App Store in China.

Apple said Monday (Aug 20) it had removed many gambling-related apps from its Chinese app store as the USA giant comes under scrutiny amid trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.

According to Chinese state-run television CCTV, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the App Store consists of a total of 1.8 million apps and out of which Apple has removed 25,000 apps.

"Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China", Apple said in a statement on Monday.

Apple's App Store is the only major foreign-run app platform in China, where competitors - including Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google Play store - are banned.

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An attendee uses a new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing, China October 31, 2017. The company said, "In order to reduce fraudulent activity on the App Store and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity, we are no longer allowing gambling apps submitted by individual developers".

China is one of Apple's largest markets, accounting for roughly 20 per cent of its revenue past year.

It is not the first time that the tech giant has been criticised by Chinese state media for having illegal apps in its store.

Apple also upset rights groups previous year when it restricted its Chinese customers' access to Virtual Private Networks, which allow users to circumvent China's Great Firewall and to access blocked websites such as Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times.

It said Apple's removal of gambling apps are not sufficient to protect consumers because the apps that have already been downloaded onto iPhones can still be used and updated. It turned out that the app, which had the name Chongqing Welfare Lottery Distribution Centre, was not owned by that lottery firm based in that municipality in southwest China.

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