BEIJING (by Cate Cadell, Reuters) – Apple says it has drawn illegal lottery apps from the App Store in China through tightening regulation and a barring of criticism from state media.
According to state media, the company has recently drawn around 25,000 apps from its Chinese store in an effort to collaborate with regulators.
Apple confirmed that it recently removed gamblingapps from its store but did not confirm the number of apps or a timeline for the removals.  "We've already removed many apps and developers to try to distribute illegal gambling apps on the App Store, and we're keen to find these and prevent them from being in the App Store," said Apple in a statement.
State Broadcasting CCTV criticized the US company's management on Sunday to allow gambling apps, which are banned in China. This is the second time the broadcaster has targeted the company over the past month over the apps.
Official media has also recently criticized the company's iMessage service in China , saying that the company's refusal to monitor communications is an obstacle to the authorities.
Last year, Apple began to remove hundreds of virtual private network (VPN) applications on request from regulators. The apps help users bypass China's large firewall and gain access to foreign social media and news, which are largely forbidden in China.
App stores run by other companies including Baidu and Tence nt Holdings also has to remove banned foreign content and gambling apps.
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Apple has been subject to increasingly stringent rules regarding the content of China to a greater extent efforts by regulators to create a "clean" cyberspace, which includes enhanced censorship policy.
Earlier this year, the company moved cryptographic keys for its iCloud service to China under new legal requirements, claiming human rights fear when the country introduces increasingly stricter digital surveillance measures.