Apple Cracks Down on Gambling Apps

Apple Cracks Down on Gambling Apps
Around 25,000 illegal gambling apps have been removed from the Chinese App Store.

(CCM) — Apple has pulled the plug on about 25,000 illegal gambling apps that were available in its App Store in China, in a move that was likely prompted by pressure from the Chinese government.

The number of apps removed from the store accounts for almost 1.5% of the total number of apps offered in China, according to a CNBC report. Those removed offered fake lottery tickets and gambling service, the report added.

"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," an Apple spokesperson told the news channel.

The pressure for the crackdown may have stemmed from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Apple is particularly vulnerable to the effects of the dispute, because it generates significant revenue from China. In 2017 its iPhone models accounted for 11% of the huge China smartphone market.

Apple's move is not without precedent: last year the company removed many virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store because they enable users to illegally bypass China's "Great Firewall" which restricts access to many foreign sites.

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