Microsoft Skype, the internet phone call, and messaging service have been removed from Chinese app stores including the Apple app store for almost a month.
Microsoft said that the Skype had been temporarily removed and it will soon restore the app after completing its current work.
An Apple spokeswoman said Tuesday that the Ministry of Public Security notified the company that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not follow local law. So these apps are removed from the app store in China. The China’s government took this decision to control and monitor the flow of information online.
Microsoft has also removed the app from Google Play store, as well as Android handset manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi’s app stores.
“The iOS version of Skype has been temporarily removed from the app store in China… we’re passionate about the benefit that Skype offers to our users around the world by facilitating communication and enabling collaboration,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
The company has not revealed the details on when its Skype app was first removed or the situation with Android.
Back in July, virtual private network (VPN) apps were disappeared from Chinese App Store by Apple, seemingly obeying with a broader government crackdown on VPN technology.
On Tuesday, Apple unveiled that it had removed more than 674 VPNs considering the request by the Chinese regulations.
Apple opened a data center facility in China with the help of Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co. Ltd., which represents a part of Apple’s planned $1 billion investment into the province.