Popular phone call and messaging software Skype owned by Microsoft Corp has been unavailable for users to download for over a month. The software was missing is app stores in China, including Apple Inc. This was reported by New York Times earlier today.
The removal was noticed after users in the country complained that they were unable to access the services of Skype via Apple. According to the report, the disruption of the services started back in October.
The reporter quoting the spokeswoman of Apple stated that, “We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law. Therefore these apps have been removed from the app store in China.”
Several apps have been made available to Chinese users with Skype joining other apps like Alphabet Inc.’s Google services, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. Over the past few years, Beijing has been implementing some rules and regulations that have made it very hard for foreign companies to expand their market in the world’s second-largest economy. These laws though have become relaxed with more internet platforms are allowed to be used by the Chinese people.
Just last year, the government of China decided to regulate online publication as they view the internet as a very important platform to control public opinion and eliminate the views of people that are against the government.
When contacted, both Microsoft and Apple did not immediately respond to comment requests.
CBS channels unavailable for Dish customers due to contract dispute
In a separate news, CBS Corp’s TV stations are currently unavailable for Dish Network Corp’s customers due to network carriage issue between the two companies. This statement was made by both companies earlier today.
According to Dish, CBS decided to reject the offer on the table to extend their contract in the middle of negotiations.
CBS, on the other hand, stated that “This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace.”
CBS and its other 28 channels were all blocked in 26 states across the country. CBS further added that their channels such as The Smithsonian Channel, Pop, and CBS Sports Network would all be unavailable on Dish networks, with the blackout extending to cities New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago