Skype Pulled From The China Apple App Store

Microsoft's Skype app for Android and iOS has been removed from a number of app stores in China for nearly a month.

Apple (aapl) told the publication that it had been "notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law", so it had removed those apps in its Chinese store. The mobile apps reportedly disappeared last month from local app stores, leading many Chinese users to complain on Internet message boards.

The removal of apps led to complaints from several Chinese users who were unable to pay for Skype's services through Apple, New York Times had reported, adding that the disruption started in October.

Whilst Skype cannot be downloaded in China, it can still function.

The Microsoft-owned service can still work in the country, however, it is hard to say whether it will remain working. Now it looks like Apple is once again pulling apps from the App Store, and this time it includes certain phone and messaging apps, which includes Microsoft's Skype. Other services like Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter are all blocked by Chinese government filters. In mid-July, the company revealed that it is building a data center in China to adhere to the country's troublesome new cybersecurity laws, which some suggest could give China the ability to seize information on possible political dissidents and potentially pilfer foreign technology. Implemented in June, the new law cracks down hard on communications tools that the local government can not control, even though it doesn't explicitly ban foreign messaging apps.

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