Apple confirmed it on 19th August, that it has removed “many” illegal gambling apps, as well as the developers distributing them, from its China App store. According to CCTV (Chinese state broadcaster), even though Apple hasn’t confirmed the stipulated figures yet, said that as from Sunday, about 25,000 apps have been removed and that would be automatically less than 2% of the 1.8 million estimated apps on the App Store in China. Meanwhile, according to The Wall Street Journal it quoted Apple, in a statement on Monday that;
“Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China, 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, earlier this month has started pulling down some of these apps that relates to gambling thereby, providing developers that seems to be affected with this pull down a reason for their action, in a statement that;
‘In order to reduce fraudulent activity on the App Store and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity, we are no longer allowing gambling apps submitted by individual developers. This includes both real money gambling apps as well as apps that simulate a gambling experience.
As a result, this app has been removed from the App Store. While you can no longer distribute gambling apps from this account, you may continue to submit and distribute other types of apps to the App Store’.
However, as noted by Apple; incorporated businesses that has verified accounts are permitted to still, submit gambling apps for distribution on the App Store. Meanwhile all these come amid the growing tensions between the United States and China over trade.
Apple has being on the move to stop this gambling related app as it has been reportedly said that it is working with Chinese carriers so as to reduce iMessage spam. Although, the Chinese state media, has earlier in this month, examined scrutinized Apple for allowing such illegal contents to be distributed freely through the App Store and the iMessage.
Although, this is actually not the first time that Apple has catered to the Chinese government demands. For instance just last July, Apple removed the VPN apps from the China App Store. Six months this happened, Apple pulled the New York Times app in China. And according to the Apple CEO Tim Cook last year, he said;
“We would rather not remove apps, but like we do in other countries, we follow the law where we do business,”