Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Skype download removed from Apple and Android App Stores in China

Skype download removed from Apple and Android App Stores in China

It's unclear if Skype mobile apps will return to these app stores in the future.

Apple Inc said on Tuesday it has removed several apps including Skype, Microsoft Corp's internet phone call and messaging service, from its app store in China after the country's government pointed to violations of local laws. The latest is Skype, which has been missing from Chinese app stores - including Apple's - for a month, according to the New York Times.

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When approached by media, Apple spokesperson responded that they were notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law and therefore these apps were removed from the app store in China. The software giant is "working to reinstate the app as soon as possible". Online message boards were flooded with complaints from people unable to pay for Skype's services through Apple, as the disruption appeared to begin back in October.

China maintains one of the world's largest and most advanced domestic censorship systems, and numerous foreign technology companies that offer unrestricted access to information and communication services - such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter - are blocked. WhatsApp was also disabled this year for similar reasons. 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. The service still works in the country, but its removal from app stores is a very negative sign, no matter how you try and look at it.

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