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The Wall Street Journal: Apple removes censor-eluding VPN apps from China app store

BEIJING — Apple Inc. is removing software from its app store in China that allowed users to circumvent the country’s vast system of internet filters, according to makers of the apps.

Several popular apps giving users access to virtual private networks, or VPNs, that tunnel through China’s sophisticated system of internet filters disappeared from the mainland China version of Apple’s AAPL, -0.70% App Store on Saturday.

One service, ExpressVPN, said in a blog post that Apple had notified it that its iOS app was removed from the Chinese App Store. ExpressVPN published a copy of the notice, which said the app included content that was illegal in China.

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