The modelers and developers of China’s VPNs have commended apple to take off its apps from the app stores. The VPNs block the hide the IP addresses and online material gets accessed which may be blocked by the internet filters.
Three removed within a week by the company as China did not update to Apple’s new regulations.
VPNs that affected:
Apple received the note on Saturday to remove their products by ExpressVPN, VyprVPN, and StarVPN.
The firm that spreads VyprVPN, Golden Frog appealed a file with Apple and was tough with the decision. “If Apple views accessibility as a human right, we would hope Apple will likewise recognize internet access as a human right (the UN has even ruled it as such) and would choose human rights over profits,” said Golden Frog’s president Sunday Yokubaitis in a blog post.
ExpressVPN said it was “dismayed” that the tech giant had “sided with censorship.”
Except for China, these apps are available in various places across the globe in app stores.
Use of VPN in China:
With the use of Great Firewall, a highly sophisticated set of filters has censored content which politically referred as Sensitive. The Advocacy Freedom group in recent rankings gave China the title, “the Year’s worst abuser of Internet Freedom.”
VPNs allow users to restrict to these websites and bans them to enter into that. Even though there’s no ban on these VPNs many private organizations use them based on the existing laws. In fact, a recent study focused that the individuals widely use VPNs than the organizations.
Apple’s reason for removing VPNs:
Further, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced that all designers who offer VPNs must retrieve license from the Government. As Apple’s firm didn’t comply with these laws, it removed VPNs from the store.
China is a low-cost competitor for Apple, its market or the revenue depends on the apps store and services offered. However, in collaboration with a company, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Apple hosted a first data center in China.
Further Restrictions by China:
Moreover, WhatsApp stopped working as there’s a transfer of voice and image messages. Also, Beijing blocks social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Access to BBC, Google has been restricted by China and even about the posts regarding the death of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.