Sype has joined the list of internet communication tools on China’s blacklist, with Apple saying on wednesday that it was ordered to clear it’s download store of apps that violate national laws.
Skype is no longer available for download on the China apple store or Android sites, with Chinese web-users saying it had been gone for weeks.
“We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) apps do not comply with local law, there these apps have been removed from the App Store in China,” Apple said in an emailed statement.
The company did not specify which laws such apps were found to have violated.
China has for years blocked leading foreign websites or services including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a number of news organisations with a system of internet censorship nicknamed the “Great Firewall of China.”
Skype’s removal from app stores comes as China prepares to host its fourth World Internet Confrence next month.
The annual event in eastern China is used by Beijing to promote its views about web policy, but has been criticised by rights groups.