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Vietnam cracks down on illegal 'cross-border' online games

Google, Apple and Facebook help remove over 140 apps from stores since 2017

Apple removed nine of the 29 apps from its store that the Vietnamese government declared illegal between July and December 2018.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnamese authorities have been tightening their grip on illegal online games published on Apple and Google app stores—removing 142 of them since 2017 with support from Google, Apple, and Facebook—according to local media reports.

Separately, the Apple Transparency Report revealed that Apple removed nine apps out of 29 that were requested by the Vietnamese Government between July and December 2018. The “requests relate to illegal gambling and/or unlicensed gaming app investigations,” Apple said.

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