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Apple removes 25,000 ‘illegal’ apps from App Store in China

Apple has removed more than 25,000 apps from its App Store in China that were against the Chinese regulations. At least 4,000 of these apps were tagged with the word “gambling,” according to Bloomberg, while the 25,000 figure comes from the state broadcaster CCTV.

“Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in the statement which was sent to Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.
“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 itself has set up the rules on how to allow apps onto its store, but it didn’t follow that, resulting in the proliferation of bogus lottery apps and gambling apps,” The Wall Street Journal quoted CCTV as saying on Sunday.

This move follows increasingly negative state media coverage of Apple in China, which says that the company is not doing enough to combat the illegal online activity. Earlier, Apple has frequently had to take steps to fall in the line with Chinese authorities, previously removing apps for VPN services and The New York Times.

The news of mass removal of these gambling apps is not for sure surprising, but it’s just a reminder of how American companies who are forced to bend to the Chinese government’s rules if they want to do the business in the country. The issue has gained prominence suddenly because of the Google’s controversial plan to re-enter China with the censored news and search app, which has sparked protests within the company.

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