Apple deletes illegal gambling app in China, while reacting on state media report.
Following a state media report, Apple has pulled thousands of illegal gambling applications in China, claiming that the tech giant has failed to keep them away from their platforms.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, the company has been criticized by the Chinese state media for at least July after failing to adequately clean up the app stores of restricted or illegal content such as gambling apps.
In a statement of several outlets including Bloomberg, Apple said that it is ‘cautious’ in finding and pulling these types of apps from their market.
While reading Apple’s statement, ‘Gambling Apps are illegal and not allowed on App Store in China.’ ‘We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling applications to our App Store.’
Citing Chinese broadcaster CCTV, 25,000 apps were deleted in the journal’s report, some of which were hidden to look like lottery apps.
China is an important market for Apple, not only the second largest source of revenue behind the US, but also hosts a large part of the supply chain of the apple.
Last year, the developers of Virtual Private Networks (VPN) said that Apple has pulled its app in China. Apple said in a statement that any application failing to meet government rules was removed.