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China adds Skype to list of blacklist apps

Skype Business, a separate app tailored more for corporate use, was still available for download.

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Skype is no longer available for download on the China Apple Store or Android sites as Apple ordered on Wednesday that it be removed. It was discovered that the app violates national laws.

An email statement from Apple on Punch reviewed that they had been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of VOIP (Voice Over internet protocol) apps do not comply with local law and that these apps be removed from the App Store in China.

But however these apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.

The company did not specify which laws such apps were found to have disregarded, but china has tightened its already stringent online policing this year, according to Punch.

Skype Business, a separate app tailored more for corporate use, was still available for download.

Why this matters:

  • China has initially blocked some Social Media websites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a number of news organisations with a system of intenet censorship nicknamed the “Great Firewall of China.”
  • China prepares to host its fourth World Internet Conferece next month while Skype’s removal on Wednesday came along.

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