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Apple 'aiding China censorship' by removing privacy apps

China appears to have succeeded in eliminating software programmes that enable its people to view an uncensored internet.

Companies that let people avoid the government filters said their programmes had been removed from Apple's app store in China.

One of the companies, British Virgin Islands-based ExpressVPN, posted a message from Apple saying that its programme was illegal in China.

The software firm said all major virtual-private network apps were removed from the Apple app store in China and claimed Apple was "aiding China's censorship effort".

Another company, Star VPN, said it also received notice of being removed.

Apple said in a statement that China began requiring this year that developers of virtual-private networks have a government licence.

The Califronia-based tech giant said it had removed apps "in China that do not meet the new regulations".

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