According to the broadcaster, the networks, which bypass China's strict firewall systems by fooling internet service providers into thinking the user's computer is in a different country, "did not comply with new regulations". On Saturday the number of VPN apps was still accessible in the China App Store. China had declared in January that all VPN companies had to be licensed to operate in the country.
Star VPN tweeted it had received notice that Apple was "removing all VPN apps" from the China app store.
China has known for its brute laws against social media, Internet users and online content that could "potentially" harm the government's policies in any way. In the United States, Apple clashed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Barack Obama, and faces a fierce critic of an internet with no regulations on speech in Donald Trump, though so far the president and his agencies have taken no new actions.
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Apple's acquiescing to China's demand seems at odds with the company's stance as a protector of its customers' privacy and the right to encrypt communications. Chinese authorities now block access from multiple sites including Facebook, Twitter and more. The drawing criticism from the VPN services providers who indicate the U.S tech huge of bowing pressure from the Beijing cyber regulators.
In its fiscal second-quarter, Apple generated $10.7 billion in sales from Greater China, down 34 percent from the previous quarter and 14 percent from a year ago.
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With Russia announcing today it'll also ban VPNs enabling users to view banned sites, Apple could be seen as having set a precedent for giving in to repressive governments. This shows just how much the Apple needs the market. However, it is fair to say that Apple has many reasons to be cautious of suffering from Beijing's wrath.
"NordVPN stands for freedom of speech, and we will do all we can to make sure Internet users in China have full access to Internet", said Marty P. Kamden, NordVPN's chief marketing officer in a statement to Fox News.