Apple Removes VPN Apps in China as Government Cracks Down on Censorship

Apple Removes VPN Apps in China as Government Cracks Down on Censorship

In a statement, it said it was required to remove the VPN access to comply with the new Chinese law.

While this move on its own will pose an inconvenience to Apple users, it's unlikely to be the last piece of bad news for local VPN providers in China. Apple is in an awkward position in China because it's torn between wanting to support user privacy and needing government approval to sell to the lucrative Chinese market.

"Earlier this year", Apple said, "China's MIIT [Ministry of Industry and Information Technology] announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government". Crucially though, the decentralised and fragmented nature of Android app stores means that Google can't simply remove VPN apps like Apple has done. However, normal citizens can use VPNs to access United Kingdom internet in another country, such as China, which has a history of blocking sites like the BBC on their national network. Analysts say the government has been more aggressive in pressuring companies to make concessions following the passage of a new cybersecurity law, which went into effect June 1, and ahead of a sensitive Communist Party conclave set for late autumn.

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Another victim of Apple's act is ExpressVPN which is a service provider from outside China.

Many are concerned by what it being perceived as Apple's aid to China's strict censorship efforts.

Overseas services have also been increasingly targeted as the country moves to tighten control on the internet.

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Social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are blocked by Beijing. The drawing criticism from the VPN services providers who indicate the U.S tech huge of bowing pressure from the Beijing cyber regulators. Apple's shipment volume has been on a falling spree in the past two years.

There's also evidence to suggest the rise of WeChat, which lets users do pretty much anything inside its ecosystem, has diminished the importance of the operating system among many consumers in China. Apple could be concerned that it might receive the same fate if it gains the ire of China's government. "China is such a key market for Apple that it has to listen". Companies such as Apple argued that letting the government break encryption would undermine the security of all users, while law enforcement said it was a necessary step for fighting terrorism. Apple said in the statement. China is one of leading countries where freedom of speech is controlled by the authoritarian regime.

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