Skype pulled from iOS and Android app stores in China

Skype pulled from iOS and Android app stores in China

Skype pulled from iOS and Android app stores in China

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"Therefore these apps have been removed from the App Store in China", said Apple. The app which is owned by Facebook was completely blocked in July. Year-to-date, MSFT has gained 37.57%, versus a 17.93% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

Reporters are saying 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 security.

Also, make note of when the app was most recently updated.

The moves have prompted speculation on the Chinese internet that authorities were moving against services with effective encryption, like WhatsApp and Skype, that make them less vulnerable to government monitoring. The spokesman said that they were aware of the removal of its services from the App store.

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Apple has removed Skype from the App Store in China, reported the New York Times. Manousos says that retailers must bear the burden of protecting their name online.

The crackdown on the flow of online information continues in China.

The regulations 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 China.

The app also has coupons to scroll through or search.

Before downloading any shopping app, do take a look at the privacy settings and terms and conditions.

Chinese internet users have for years sought to get around heavy internet restrictions by using foreign virtual private network (VPN) services. Because Google's services are largely blocked in China, Android users revert to alternate stores for downloads, and Skype's main app was not available on popular ones run by Chinese tech giants like Huawei and Xiaomi.

A spokesperson from Microsoft indicated that the app had been only temporarily removed from app stores.

Under the current regime of President Xi Jinping, China is witnessing one of the most stringent online laws.

The annual event in eastern China is used by Beijing to promote its views about web policy, but has been criticised by rights groups.

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