WhatsApp and Threads have been removed from the Chinese App Store due to national security concerns

China had blocked WhatsApp since 2017 and although users used it with a VPN, now there is no way to access it.

According to the Wall Street Journal report, Apple has removed WhatsApp and Threads from the app store of this country at the request of the Chinese government. China's top regulator has apparently asked the iPhone giant to remove the two apps due to national security concerns.

An Apple spokesman told the Wall Street Journal:

"We are obliged to follow the laws of the countries in which we operate, even in case of opposition."

Removing WhatsApp and Threads from the China App Store

The Chinese government has blocked WhatsApp since 2017, while its parent company, Meta, has also been blocked since 2009. Other Western platforms, including Gmail, YouTube, Snapchat and Spotify, have also been censored in China

However, some Chinese users found ways to access the platform through virtual private networks (VPNs), but with the removal of these apps from the App Store, they can no longer be used.Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said a few years ago that WhatsApp had more than 2 billion users worldwide, and last February it was announced that Twitter had more than 130 million global users

China is one of Apple's most important markets in the world. Tim Cook, CEO of the tech giant, visited the country last month to open a new store in Shanghai.

WhatsApp and Threads have also been removed from China's App Store, while US policymakers are considering whether to ban TikTok, the popular Chinese social network. Some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concerns about TikTok's data collection and Chinese government influence. The TikTok ban bill prohibits Apple and Google from publishing the app in their app stores, and it also bars websites from hosting it.According to the bill, which was passed by the US House of Representatives, TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, has about six months to divest its assets in the US or face a total ban. At the end of last year, it was said in a report that the former US Treasury Secretary is forming a group to buy Tik Tok.