Apple has issued a statement regarding last-place nights removal of most major VPN apps from the App Store in China. Unsurprisingly, Apple says that it is complying with regulations put in place by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology earlier this year who are in need of VPN apps to be licensed by the government.
VPN apps and assistances currently represent one of the only courses that a person living in China can bypass regime censorship dominances that prevent access to numerous websites and services based on their contents or potential material. In January, the MIIT questioned following regulation that required VPN apps to be explicitly licensed including the government in China. Currently there are some big state-owned companionships that afford licensed VPNs, but this scope removes most of the well-known and well-used VPNs from the store, realizing it harder for the average citizen to bypass surveillance and censorship.
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Earlier this year Chinas MIIT announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government. We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not fulfill the following regulation. These apps remain available in all other sells where they do business.
You can read more on the ban and the most recent record of Chinas censorship endeavours here.