WhatsApp and Threads removed from Chinese App Store

Translate from : WhatsApp og Threads fjernet fra Kinesisk App Store
Apple is removing Meta Platforms' WhatsApp and Threads from its app store in China following government orders, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The iPhone maker said China's top internet regulator asked it to remove the apps due to national security concerns. "We are committed to following the laws of the countries in which we operate, even when we disagree," the newspaper quoted an Apple spokesman as saying in a statement.

Apple and Meta did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment on the WSJ report. Apple's policies in China are known to be stricter than in many other countries, and tech companies have regularly been asked to remove apps and services from their platforms.

This is often due to concerns about the Chinese government's control of the internet and information flow. WhatsApp is one of the world's most popular messaging apps, with over 2 billion users worldwide. Threads is a new social network developed by Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook.

Although the removal of these apps from the App Store in China will have a significant impact on their widest distribution, they will still be available to users who have already downloaded them. However, it is uncertain whether it will be possible for users to update or download these apps in the future.

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