Apple responded to Skype’s lack of issues, he said on Tuesday that he removed several Internet phone call apps from his App Store in China after the country’s government said it violated local laws.
“The Ministry of Public Security has informed us that several Internet Voice Protocol applications are not in line with local laws, so these applications have been removed from the application store in China,” Apple’s spokeswoman told Reuters.
“These applications remain available on all other markets they operate”
China’s Cybernetic Administration, which oversees censored technology, did not respond immediately to Reuters’ request for comment.
According to a Reuter’s checkpoint Wednesday morning, Skype was out in Apple’s application stores in China controlled by Apple, Qihoo 360 Tech Co. Ltd QIHUy.SG. and Tencent H Ltd. 00700.HK. The ABC store of Google Play (GOOGL.O) is not available in China.
Microsoft, Tencent and Qihoo 360 did not respond promptly to comment requests
China has increased its careful Internet applications this year, ordering companies to remove hundreds of applications that allow users to communicate in confidence or avoid censorship of the Great Firewall of China and use social networks overseas.
Authorities said that such actions were designed to protect privacy and prevent online terrorist activity. The foreign technology lobbies and companies operating in China have said that the rules of the Internet are too strict and can affect their local operations.
Actions are related to authentic authentication laws introduced at the beginning of this year, which require all network service providers to verify the actual names of users with IDs or passports issued by the state.
Some companies, including Amazon Inc (AMZN.O) and Apple, delivered parts of their business to local affiliates this year, often citing compliance with new cyber security laws.
Unlike blocked similar services, including Facebook, Google and Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N), Skype services are still available to those who already have an installed application.
Chinese internet gers on Saturday night discussed Weibou’s disappearance of Skype, which many criticized as too restrictive, despite the existence of local alternatives….