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China: Apple & Android remove Skype from online stores to comply with local laws; many view Skype as a “semi-secure” mode of communication

Author: BBC, Published on: 4 December 2017

'Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores', 22 November 2017

Apple says [Skype] is one of several apps to have been removed after the government said it does not comply with local law... Apple said in a statement: "We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law." Skype owner Microsoft told the BBC the app had been "temporarily removed" and the company was "working to reinstate the app as soon as possible".... Creators disapproved when the tech giant took down more than 60 virtual private networks (VPNs) which circumvent China's internet firewall because it was "legally required to remove them" under Chinese regulations... Those laws are seen as part of efforts to control public opinion and eliminate anti-government sentiment on the internet in China, and have raised concerns from foreign companies trying to expand their user base in China. [Refers to Alphabet's Google, Facebook, Twitter]

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Related companies: Apple Facebook Google (part of Alphabet) Skype (part of Microsoft) Twitter