Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook says he has ”great optimism” that software recently pulled from China’s version of the App Store will be reinstated. Dozens of VPN applications were taken down from the platform earlier this year after falling foul of government regulations. But, with no visible signs of compromise, it’s still unclear when or if any will be restored.
Apple has started to ban VPN applications from its iOS store in China. According to the company, these apps include content that’s illegal in the country, thereby violating Apple’s policies. Needless to say, VPN providers and users are not happy with the privacy-obstructing censorship efforts.