Announcement made by China Government: Skype Removed From China
Skype Removed From China: Other similar phoning apps and Popular communications program Skype are available on US tech Apple’s program shop in China and other platforms due to an arrangement by the government.
“These programs stay accessible the rest of the markets,” in line with this statement by Apple China, which said that many such programs don’t register users on the basis of their official identity cards, as required by the Chinese authorities.
Skype owner Microsoft told the BBC the program was “temporarily removed” along with the company was “working to reinstate the program when you can”. The program is also no longer available for download on Android app shops in China.
Meanwhile, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “The iOS version of Skype has been temporarily removed from the program store in China… we are enthusiastic about the benefit that Skype provides to our users around the globe by facilitating communication and enabling collaboration.”
Other smartphone app stores, including those of Xiaomi firms and Huawei, also have ceased offering other and Skype Voice over Internet Protocol programs.
The step is just another blow into the performance of foreign companies, particularly Internet companies in the country, in which Instagram, and Google, Facebook YouTube are blocked. The more than 700 million net users in China fear that the Internet censorship campaign by the Chinese authorities may affect VPN applications, used to get censored content.