Apple certainly does not want to irritate the Chinese government. Beijing wants to have more control over the freedom of its citizens and has made the censorship systems that prevent most of the country from accessing services considered “dangerous” such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to be even more stringent. These days, new regulations have been adopted, which include, among other things, the blocking of commonly used VPN networks to circumvent government oversight. Today, as the New York Times reports, Apple bent the boss in front of government demands blocking apps that allow access to private networks.
Express VPN, one of the industry’s most well-known platforms, has been sending a mail from Apple where it warned that the service would be removed from the App Store because it included “illegal content in China”. By reading through the various dissident forums, it turns out that this is not the only app that has been deleted from the most profitable online store in the world. The same Cupertino company, which officially retired iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, then confirmed that VPN software is illegal in the country and will be eliminated. This is not the first time that Apple agrees to promote censorship in China, but not to be excluded from what is actually its third reference market and the one with more growth margins.