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Why Apple Inc. Pulled 25,000 apps from its App Store in China

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Apple Inc. removed 25,000 apps from its App Store in China for several reasons.

First, those apps were labeled illegal by the state law. Hence, State media had criticized Apple for hosting banned gambling, lottery apps.

Apple Inc. therefore had to pulled out 25,000 apps from its store in China. The state media criticized the Tech giant for not doing enough to to filter out banned material.

“Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in a statement Monday. “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.”

The figure of the pulled out illegal apps were reported earlier by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday, which said 25,000 apps were removed.

Apple AAPL, +2.00% didn’t confirm that number. It offers more than 1.8 million apps in China, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Removing 25,000 apps would amount to about 1.4% of that total.

Although, “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,” CCTV said in its report Sunday.

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