Apple removes VPN apps used to evade China’s internet censorship – Telegraph.co.uk

Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China’s “Great Firewall” from its App Store in the country, the company has confirmed, sparking criticism that it was bowing to Beijing’s tightening web censorship.

Chinese internet users have for years sought to get around heavy internet restrictions, including blocks on Facebook and Twitter, by using foreign virtual private network (VPN) services.

Beijing mandated in January that all developers must obtain government licenses to offer VPNs, leading to the Apple decision.

“We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations,” Apple said. “These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.”

Two major providers, ExpressVPN and Star VPN, said on Saturday that Apple had notified them that their products were no longer being offered in China. Both firms decried the move.

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