A report broadcast Sunday from Chinese state-run television claims that Apple removed 25,000 apps from the Chinese version of the App Store. According to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, there are over 1.8 million apps in the country's App Store. While Apple didn't confirm the removal of the 25,000 apps, if it did remove that amount it would be equivalent to 1.4% of the total number of apps it offered.
Chinese state-run media CCTV has criticized Apple for not doing enough to remove illegal apps in the App Store. It said that Apple made up the rules about the kind of apps it won't allow listed in the store, but has allowed "bogus lottery and gambling apps" to be available to iOS users in China. Last year, Apple removed 700 virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store after the Chinese government requested that the apps be banned. VPNs allow users to send secure messages and email, and view websites that would otherwise be blocked in the country.