Apple has removed WhatsApp and Threads, messaging apps owned by Meta Platforms, from its China App Store.

This action comes after a directive from the Chinese government citing national security concerns.

According to Reuters checks on Friday morning, other Meta apps including Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger remained available.

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“The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns,” Apple said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

“We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree,” the statement said.

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