Dec 31, 2020
Apple rushes to complete apps purge in China
Apple kicked tens of thousands of products off the Chinese version of its App Store on the final day of the year to meet Beijing's demands. Apple removed about 46,000 apps from its store on New Year's Eve, according to analysis by research firm Qimai, of which 85% were games. The App In China consultancy said that publishers had previously exploited a loophole whereby the iPhone-maker requested a developer's licence number but did not verify it, meaning any number could be submitted to its system. Apple regularly publishes a tally of the number of apps it has been ordered to remove in the country, but does not name the products involved. "The number of apps that Apple says it removes from China each year doesn't line up with the much longer list of apps that are missing in China but commonly found in other markets," said Michelle Kuppersmith from the Campaign for Accountability last week.
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