Apple removes 2500 apps, which is around 1.4% illegal apps from its stores in China. However, the apps were reportedly not in accordance to Chinese terms and regulations.
The immediate cause of this reactions from Apple is because of the nation’s CCTV broadcaster, who publicly accused the smartphone maker of hosting illegal and fake lottery-ticket apps,
“Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in a statement Monday. “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.”
On Sunday, CCTV reported that Apple pulled at least 4,000 apps tagged with the keyword “gambling” on Aug. 9 alone. The U.S. company confirmed the action and said it was simply complying with regulations. However, Apple offers more than 1.8 million apps in China.
According to the source, Apple said it removed nearly 700 virtual private networks (VPN), apps from its App Store last year in response to new local restrictions in China.