Apple has confirmed that it has removed gambling apps from the Chinese App Store. The company says gambling apps are illegal in China which is why it has taken this move.
As per Chinese state media CCTV, Apple has removed nearly 25,000 gambling apps out of the total 1.8 million apps available on the Chinese App Store.
“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.”
Apple says that it will allow gambling apps from verified businesses on the App Store. There are only two state-approved gambling businesses in China.
Apple had started removing gambling apps from the Chinese App Store earlier this month. The company, however, ended up inadvertently removing many non-gambling apps from the store as well which irked many developers.
Apple’s removal of gambling apps from the App Store seems to have started after there was an outbreak of iMessage spam in China pointing users to illegal gambling apps on the App Store. Since iMessage apps are encrypted, Apple is not able to filter out such messages due to which the company has heavily criticised by the Chinese state media. Thus, to solve the problem, Apple did the next best thing: it started removing all illegal gambling apps from the App Store.