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WhatsApp and Threads have been removed from the Apple App Store in China

On Friday, Apple confirmed that it had taken down Meta Platforms’ apps WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China. This action came after the Chinese government issued an order.

The reason cited for the ban was national security concerns. Beijing also prohibited encryption-focused messaging apps Telegram and Signal.

Despite this, other Meta apps like Facebook and Instagram are still available for download in China. Additionally, mainstream Western social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter) are accessible.

A spokesperson, speaking to Reuters, stated that the Cyberspace Administration of China had ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront due to national security concerns. They emphasized the obligation to comply with laws in the countries where they operate, even if there are disagreements.

Jason Davies

I am one of the editors here at I am a UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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