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Apple Prohibited From Purveying the Banned Foreign Apps on Their China App Store

Rahul Bhagat
Rahul Bhagat
Rahul Bhagat is a Digital Marketer and strategist with more than 7 years of experience in Marketing, SEO, Analytics, Marketing Automation and more.

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It’s an extensive list of several apps and foreign websites that the government of China blocks in the country. Though the apps like WhatsApp, X (formerly known as Twitter), YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram could still be downloaded by iPhone users through the app store with the support of an unauthorized VPN that would connect a domestic internet server to a foreign one, they were officially inaccessible.

Delineated in the latest reports of The Wall Street Journal, the Apple personnel had to be in a meeting with the Chinese officials in order to talk out their concern about the restrictions to be imposed on the app store within the margins of the nation. It was also stated that the Chinese government was strict with instructions given to the Apple staff regarding the sincere implementation of the prohibition of apps on the App Store.

Since the total number of downloads of the above five applications banned in the Chinese frontier was as vast as 170 million all through the last decade, the Ministry of China finally decided to seal the aperture by imposing illiberal restrictions on all foreign operators and not just Apple.

Nevertheless, this move by China would consequently obstruct the foreign operators from registering with the Chinese government as doing so would necessarily require them to act in accordance with the demands of the country for the transfer of data and censorship requisite.

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