According to The Telegraph, ”Apple has removed around 25,000 gambling apps from its Chinese App Store because they fell foul of Chinese regulations.”
Polarity Technologies Ltd learned that ”The apps were pulled following an investigation by Chinese state-run broadcaster CCTV that looked at how Apple filters banned material on its App Store.
Gambling is illegal in China, but many people do participate in state-run lottery programmes.
CCTV found that illegal gambling apps were available to download on China’s App Store, with some posing as official lottery schemes.
Apple said it has rectified the issue but would not confirm reports that it had pulled 25,000 apps.
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, an Apple spokesman said.
Apple’s cull is the latest reminder of how US companies who want to do business in China are being forced to change the way they operate in an attempt to access the nations 750m internet users.
Apple offers more than 1.8 million apps in China and has repeatedly made accommodations for the country’s strict regulations surrounding the use of technology and the internet.”
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