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China deletes over 100 apps from app stores over privacy concerns

15:31, 09 December 2021
China deletes over 100 apps from app stores over privacy concerns Photo: Chan Long Hei/ZUMAPRESS.com

The crackdown on Chinese technological industry firms is continuing as ministries and regulators proceed with their series of bans. 


On Thursday the world’s second largest economy banned 106 applications from smartphone application stores.

Among the apps that were banned are the one used for karaoke singing Gangba, Douban where users submit their reviews on the watched movies and Aihuishou which is an application of the phone reseller holding the same name.

According to regulatory officials, the reason for the ban of the apps was the violation of the privacy law.

Last year in December China also removed over a 100 apps from its online stores. At that time the goal was limiting users from access to violent and pornographic content.

Like this time the majority of the apps were Chinese but one of them was the American travel advice application TripAdvisor.

The crackdown followed by the former US President Donald Trump’s warning of deleting the Chinese app TikTok from American app stores.