"Apple has removed hundreds of iPhone apps from the App Store in China, in the company's latest breakdown in one of its largest markets," reports James Titcomb for The Telegraph. "More than 700 apps have been removed from the Chinese App Store in recent days, according to local reports, including apps developed by Sogou, a Chinese alternative to Google, and Pinduodo, an online retail app."

"The apps have been banned to prevent App Store rules prohibiting companies from installing software updates on their apps without Apple's permission, that's understood," says Titcomb. "Apple demands that app updates, such as new features or security improvements, be downloaded through the App Store, allowing the company to approve them. The company warned developers of the new rule two years ago, but seems to have removed the Chinese apps this week "

" Chinese state media have previously demanded that Apple control the App Store in China more efficiently, "said Titcomb." Other apps, such as Western News Organizations and Virtual Private Networks, which allow citizens to skirt China's internet controls have also been removed from the Chinese App Store in recent years. "

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