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Skype removed from app stores in China SEE Reasons!

t:Skype’s call and messaging service has been removed from app stores in China, including the Apple app store.

Apple says it is one of several apps to have been removed after the government said it does not comply with local law.
owner Microsoft told the BBC the app had been “temporarily t:removed” and
the company was “working to reinstate the app as soon as possible”.
The app is also no longer available for download on Android app stores in China.
t:Media reports suggest the disruption to t:Skype started in October.
said in a statement: “We have been notified by the Ministry of Public
Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not
comply with local law.”
“Therefore these apps have been removed from the app store in China.”
a Microsoft spokesperson said: “The t:iOS version of Skype has been
temporarily removed from the app store in China… we’re passionate
about the benefit that Skype offers to our users around the world by
facilitating communication and enabling collaboration.”
The company declined to comment on when its Skype app was first removed, or the situation with t:Android.
Tests by t:BBC staff in China found Skype was not available for download on t:Apple or Android app stores on Wednesday.
The tech giant has come under criticism before for withdrawing products from its Chinese App Store.
In July, creators disapproved when the tech giant took down more than 60 virtual private networks (VPNs) which circumvent China’s internet firewall because it was “legally required to remove them” under Chinese regulations.
On Tuesday, Apple revealed that it had removed 674 VPN apps so far this year following a request by the Chinese government.
In a letter to two US senators, the firm said it had been “ordered” to remove specific VPN apps even though it “questioned the legal basis of the request”.
Apple said it was told the t:VPN operators had violated Chinese t:cyber security laws.
laws are seen as part of efforts to control public opinion and
eliminate anti-government sentiment on the internet in China, and have
raised concerns from foreign companies trying to expand their user base
in t:China.
Correspondents say that Skype, when downloaded from
outside China’s firewall, has been seen as a semi-secure way of
discussing sensitive topics away from the eyes and ears of China’s state
Skype is just the latest in a string of foreign owned
digital and internet platforms – including Alphabet’s Google, Facebook
and Twitter – which have become unavailable to Chinese users.

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