Apple decided to remove Virtual Private Network (VPN) services from its app store in China. According to Reuters, VPN service providers accused the U.S. tech giant of sending notifications about pulling VPN services from the Chinese App Stores following the acrimonious cyberspace regulations in the country.
China is a country which censors the internet by restricting the citizens from using websites like Facebook, WhatApp, and Google. For the reason, many citizens and internet users have started using the Virtual Private Networks, to bypass China’s created so-called “Great Firewall,” as a source to access the blocked and censored websites by the Chinese government. But now, many companies accused Apple of pulling VPN services from the Chinese App stores.
Verdict of VPN providers
A renowned proxy service, ExpressVPN said in a blog post that it received a notice from Apple notifying that they would be removing its software from the Chinese App Store “because it includes content that is illegal in the country.”
“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 said in a statement.
Another provider, StarVPN, posted a statement on its Twitter account that it had also received the same notice from the iOS manufacturer.
However, those Chinese users that have a billing address in other countries are still able to download various apps from other branches of the App Store.
When asked, Apple did not give any comments about the case.