Apple recently removed thousands of apps related to gambling, including “lottery” services. And now, it is working to take illegal content down in China. it will soon take the selected apps off-air which he thinks arent supposed to be part of the app store.
According to The Wall Street Journal’s report, Apple removed as many as 25,000 apps that violated its policy. But, Apple didn’t make any comment on the number of apps removed. It just confirmed that it took the action to remove gambling and related apps.
An Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch about this matter in detail. According to the Chinese law system, Gambling apps are illegal. So, they have already removed many apps and banned developers for distributing such apps. Also, they are trying to continue their efforts to find such apps and stop distribution of them on the App Store.
Apple provides more than 1.5 million apps in China. Apple has its third largest region based business in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), grossing $9.6 billion in the latest quarter. Also, it is equal to 18 percent of its total revenue.
Criticism triggered Apple to take action
Apple faced criticism as it failed to prevent issues such as gambling, spam, pornography and many more. So, concerning to its business in Asia, Apple decided to take the action of removal.
This criticism relates to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. Apple has also been criticized by Beijing for the unsuitable content. Many of the China’s future startups are directly related with this issue.
A new media firm ByteDance operating news and video apps is currently asking its investors to raise $2.5-$3.5 billion. But, it was ordered to remove a spoofy app it operated in China. Also, other four content and news apps were banned from the Google Play and App Store for violating authorities. In a response, ByteDance doubled its content moderation team and developed stronger systems to examine content.
ByteDance founder and CEO Zhang Yiming said that over the past years, they put more effort and resource for expanding the business and not for supervising the content and platform. Also, their content was not suitable for the general public as per the core socialist values.
Apple removed over 50 VPN apps from the App Store, which can bypass China’s internet censorship system. According to the Apple CEO, Tim Cook, they removed the apps to comply with the Chinese law system. These apps will probably return, but it is difficult to predict what happens.