San Francisco, April 19: Apple on Friday said that it removed Meta-owned WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government. As per the iPhone maker, the country's internet regulator Cyberspace Administration of China had ordered the applications’ removal from the App Store because of 'national security concerns', reports The Financial Times.

"We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree," Apple was quoted as saying. According to the report, Meta's other communications platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger are still available on the App Store in the country. Apple Showcases Five Indian Independent Filmmakers Who Created Short Films on iPhone 15 Pro Max Chosen for ‘MAMI Select-Filmed on iPhone’.

According to Rich Bishop, chief executive of the leading international app publisher in China, AppInChina, the apps were delisted after the Chinese government's internet regulator and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced a deadline of April 1 for app developers to register with the government. Elon Musk Announces That X Accounts Involved in ‘Engagement Farming’ Will Be Suspended and Traced To Source; Know Meaning of Term and How It Can Affect You.

In China, Apple saw a double-digit decline in overall smartphone unit sales in the first six weeks of 2024. iPhone sales fell 24 per cent over the period due to stiff competition, according to Counterpoint Research. "Although the iPhone 15 is a great device, it has no significant upgrades from the previous version, so consumers feel fine holding on to the older-generation iPhones for now," said Senior Analyst Mengmeng Zhang.

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