Apple took down All the VPN apps from China App store.
Beijing appeared to have doubled down on its crackdown of the internet in China. This news is emerging over the weekend. Apple pulled out several virtual private networks services from the local version of the App Store which put Apple’s ongoing activities in China under a more intense international microscope.
Meanwhile, multiple VPN service providers slammed the move online, calling it a “dangerous precedent” set by Apple. However, governments in other countries may follow the same.
— Star VPN (@star_vpn) July 29, 2017
A message from ExpressVPN says
“We’re disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts, ExpressVPN strongly condemns these measures, which threaten free speech and civil liberties.”
Service providers received notification from Apple on July 29 of the removal of their apps from the China App Store. It mainly happened for including “content that is illegal” on the mainland, according to a screenshot posted by ExpressVPN.
Although Tim Cook justifies removing VPN apps in China, claiming Apple was only following the law. Nevertheless, this particular crackdown represents a major shift that will impact the biggest iOS app market on the planet, not just in terms of sales, but for privacy as well.