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Apple Admits to Removing 600+ VPN Apps from China’s App Store

The move is widely seen as one to appease China’s crackdown on its citizens seeking to get around the so-called “Great Firewall” to access the full internet.

By NTK Staff | 11.22.2017 @1:30pm
Apple Admits to Removing 600+ VPN Apps from China’s App Store

Apple admitted to removing 674 Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps from its App Store in China in a letter to Congress. It’s latest free speech crackdown in the increasingly isolated Asian country.

VPNs allow users to access the full, free internet and maneuver around China’s so-called “Great Firewall,” which blocks Chinese citizens from using many social media sites and search tools.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to Apple asking why they had deleted VPNs from its App Store in China. “If these reports are true, we are concerned that Apple may be enabling the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance of the Internet,” the senators wrote last month.

Apple responded to that letter Tuesday, according to Bloomberg News, claiming the deletion of VPNs would eventually “effect change” in China.

“We are convinced that continued engagement is the surest way to effect change,” Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s head of lobbying in the U.S., wrote in the letter. “We express our opinions about the impacts of laws and regulations forthrightly to policymakers.”

But many see Apple’s actions as nothing more than appeasement of a restrictive regime. Eager to expand its market in China, Apple is wary of any action that could upset Chinese leaders. That’s likely why Apple removed video chat service Skype from its App Store on Monday.

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