Apple executes New Year’s Eve apps purge in China

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Apple kicked tens of thousands of products off the Chinese version of its App Store on the final day of the year to meet Beijing’s demands. The bulk of them were unlicensed games. But civil rights campaigners have said the company needs to be more transparent about why some other apps have been removed ahead of a 31 December deadline. The US tech firm has previously said that it is subject to local rules but sometimes challenges takedown orders. “Apple is finally catching up with the regulations that are already enforced on China’s many Android stores,” Craig Chapple, an analyst at market research firm Sensor Tower, told the BBC. “The firm may have felt pressure from Chinese authorities, which for years have been increasingly enforcing these rules.”