Apple Pulls WhatsApp, Threads, and More Socials from China?!

( – Apple has announced that they have removed multiple messaging apps from the App Store in China, including WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram. The reason Apple pulled these apps off China’s App Store was supposedly due to security concerns.

This comes not too long after the United States put a ban on TikTok where they demanded China remove it from United States App Stores or sell it to a U.S. owner for what they say is security reasons.

Joe Biden has requested that ByteDance make a decision on selling or removing the app within twelve months and said he would pass a bill on the ban if it came to that point. This is an active lawsuit that they are looking to pass and the House could pass it even as early as next week.

Apple said, “We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree.” They continued, “The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns.”

The relationship between the United States and China has been strained recently, and the U.S. has been looking into other countries for manufacturing, so they can pull out of China. We’ve seen this as large U.S. companies have been meeting with other country officials to discuss manufacturing agreements for their products.

Although China isn’t as popular of a market for Threads or WhatsApp, as WeChat is more popular, the removal of these apps will cause communication from China to other countries far more difficult.

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