Cyberspace regulators from China want to have a record of all app stores in the country. This is another move from China that tries to control the mobile apps. In order to do so, they want to have a registration for all app stores.
This Friday a notice was issued by CAC (the Cyberspace Administration of China). This notice mentioned that the app stores need to be registered by the Government. One of the reasons for this notice was the fact that some apps violate rights and spread illegal information.
This registration is going to make it even easier for cyberspace regulators to find which company is responsible for the apps that violate rights. If any of these app stores is associated with illegal practices it can be shut down.
This is not the first time Chinese regulators try to control mobile apps. They have blocked a lot of websites and mobile apps. Apple, for instance, removed The New York Times app from its app store because the Chinese regulators wanted it. The website is also blocked in China along with other news sites that are considered to violate the law.
Many people believe that the Chinese regulators are the ones that violate their right because everybody has the right to read the free press. Despite the fact that people have complained about the actions that cyberspace regulators have made, nothing has changed.
Regulators in China still continue to try to control the internet and the mobile apps. Beijing is working on enforcing a year-old law that blocks all apps that are considered threatening to national security. Despite the fact that Chinese regulators control the internet, they still need to take action if they want to control the mobile apps too.
One of the app stores that is already blocked in China is Google Play. Although they were able to block one of the biggest app stores they still have to pay close attention to other companies that have app stores.
Let’s hope that these actions won’t prevent Chinese citizens from reading and playing anything they want. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens to all apps stores in China.
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