At the beginning of this month, Apple removed several apps from the App Store around the world that were allegedly related to gambling, and ended up taking several others by mistake, fixing the problem right away. Nevertheless, Ma continued to scan these apps, which are illegal in several countries, including China And if one of the biggest consumer markets for products and services in the world presses you to solve something, it is only prudent that you do it very well, don't you?
To comply with this request, Apple purged about 25 thousand applications just under 2% of the total apps made available in the country, than 1.5 million of gambling from your online store in the country, as disclosed by Wall Street Journal. Despite confirming the action, the company has not officially commented on the figures released by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
We have already removed many apps and developers who tried to distribute illegal game apps on the App Store and we will continue to keep an eye on our efforts to find them and stop them from being on the App Store.
Such apps have been removed based on an update to their app review guidelines, which no longer allows standalone developers to submit apps that involve real money gambling or that simulate a gaming experience unless the developer has a verified and embedded account to any commercial entity.
Both the update of the review guidelines and the scan for gambling itself began after Apple was accused of contributing to the spread of these games and other illegal content in China. In addition, the Norwegian government has also notified Ma about apps sold on the country's App Store that allow betting.
In July last year, Apple experienced a similar situation in China, where it had to remove VPN apps from the App Store. That same week, during Apple's quarterly financial results conference, Tim Cook said that "we prefer not to remove applications, but as we do in other countries, we follow the law wherever we do business."