According to reports, Apple has removed 25,000 gambling apps from its China app store which offers more than 1.8 million apps in total.
In a statement, the tech giant said: “gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China”.
CCTV has claimed that Apple carried out a “large-scale removal of illegal apps that sold fake lottery tickets and offered gambling services”.
“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,” continued Apple in a statement.
In the past year, Apple has also deleted Skype and hundreds of virtual private networks used to send emails, transmit data and access blocked websites in China.
The multinational technology company has also been criticised for not doing enough to filter banned content on its iMessage service.
Written by Leah Alger