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New Directives from Apple Require Developers to Comply with Fresh App Store Regulations in Accordance with Newly Enacted Chinese Government Policies

There have been reports that Apple has begun notifying developers about the new requirements for apps to be in the App Store in China, in order to comply with the regulations set by the Chinese regulatory agency. These regulations state that app developers must submit detailed information about their operations to the government before their apps can be licensed in the Store.

Previously, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the Chinese regulatory agency for cyberspace, announced a list of registered app stores that provided information to the agency, but Apple’s App Store did not appear on the list.

It is expected that China’s new requirements have been introduced to address issues related to restricted access to social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. While these apps are still available for download in the App Store, users in China can still find alternative ways to access them through mobile devices. Therefore, China aims to remove these apps from the Store.

Apple has notified developers that new apps submitted to the App Store in China must include documentation verifying that they have been reviewed and approved by the Chinese regulatory agency. This requirement has been in effect since the end of September. As for apps already available in the Store, they will have to comply with the regulations starting in March 2024. Facebook is likely to be one of the apps impacted by these changes.

TLDR: Apple is informing developers about new requirements for apps in the Chinese App Store, following regulations set by the Chinese regulatory agency. These regulations mandate that app developers must submit detailed information about their operations to the government before their apps can be licensed. While apps like Facebook are still available for download, China aims to remove them from the App Store. New apps must now include documentation verifying approval by the regulatory agency. Existing apps will have to comply with the regulations starting in March 2024.

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