Apple Axes Gambling Apps in China
by Glenn Baird - August 20, 2018
Apple have withdrawn roughly 25000 gambling apps from their online store in China.
The tech giant have been heavily criticised on the Chinese TV channel CCTV for having allowed apps in their store that are not legal in the country.
CCTV asserted that Apple had proceeded with the “large-scale removal of illegal apps that sold fake lottery tickets and offered gambling services”.
Apple responded with the following message: “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 have been chastised in China prior to this, having apps such as Skype and VPNs, software used to digitally alter the location of a device, removed within the last 12 months.
According to the Wall Street Journal a spokesperson for CCTV said that, “Apple itself has set up the rules on how to allow apps onto its store, but it didn’t follow that, resulting in the proliferation of bogus lottery apps and gambling apps,”
The company also had to make changes to their iCloud database by moving the storage location to mainland China.