Apple Removes VPN Applications From The Store Store

Jul

30

2017

In China To Obey The Government

Apple has begun to remove VPN services from its application store in China, VPN service providers said on Saturday, accusing the US firm of succumbing to Beijing’s pressure to abide by strict cyber space rules.

VPNs allow users in China, the world’s largest Internet market with more than 730 million users, to bypass the so-called “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to external sites.

Beijing has shut down dozens of China-based companies targeting overseas services as it plans to tighten its control over the Internet, especially ahead of a Communist Party congress scheduled for August.

ExpressVPN VPN Services said on Saturday it had received notice from Apple that its software would be removed from the Chinese application store “because it contains illegal content in China.”

“We are disappointed with this development because it represents the most action taken by the Chinese government to prevent the use of VPNs so far and we are concerned that Apple’s vision is helping China’s censorship efforts,” ExpressVPN said in a statement.

Chinese users with billing addresses in other countries will still be able to access VPN applications from other branches of Store Store. A number of VPN applications were still available through the App Store in China until Saturday.

Apple’s message to ExpressVPN

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