Apple has removed illegal gambling apps from its China platform over allegations that a large number of apps on the Apple platform had exposed users to gambling and fake lotteries.
In China, Apple says that “gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China.”
CNN, quoting a statement attributed to Apple, said that the company has already pulled several apps from its Chinese platform.
“We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store.”
On July 31, CCTV News Channel reported on the existence of a large number of illegal lottery apps in Apple’s app store, which caused damage to users’ property.
On the same day, Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended June 30, 2018, showing a 17 per cent revenue increase.
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $53.3 billion, an increase of 17 per cent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.34, up 40 per cent.
International sales accounted for 60 per cent of the quarter’s revenue with Apple CEO Tim Cook saying they were thrilled by “Apple’s best June quarter ever, and our fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.”
Cook added, “Our Q3 results were driven by continued strong sales of iPhone, Services and Wearables, and we are very excited about the products and services in our pipeline.”
Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri said, “Our strong business performance drove revenue growth in each of our geographic segments, net income of $11.5 billion, and operating cash flow of $14.5 billion.”
Last year, Apple took down several apps providing virtual private networks (VPNs) to users in China.
The users could access Facebook and Google which are censored in the country.
The CCTV report indicates that Apple exploited loopholes in the country’s laws which saw the proliferation of the apps and developers that have been pulled off.