Apple has removed from the App Store in China VPN-applications, which allowed to bypass the state blocking of sites. The first to announce this was the operator ExpressVPN.
At the request of Techcrunch about the comments in Apple did not respond.
We are concerned that Apple is helping China with censorship. ExpressVPN strongly condemns these measures, which threaten freedom of speech and civil liberties.
In an interview with TJ, the removal from the Chinese App Store was confirmed by the Seed4.Me VPN service representative. The application was deleted because “it includes content that is illegal in China”, but it remains available in the App Store of other countries.
In January, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China announced a nationwide campaign to combat “unauthorized connections.”
On July 21, Russia also passed a law prohibiting circumventing Roskomnadzor’s blockages through VPN networks and anonymizers. Services that do not cooperate with the state will be blocked.