The app could not be downloaded on Android app stores operated by major Chinese phone makers Huawei, Xiaomi Corp, and Vivo as of Tuesday afternoon. It was still available on Apple Inc's app store. Huawei did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Xiaomi and Vivo declined to comment. Apps in China have been temporarily removed from apps stories in the past, with existing users unaffected.
UC Browser, which says it has greater than 400 million month-to-month lively customers globally, issued an apology after the presentation and mentioned it had begun an investigation and initiated corrective measures. A Chinese ministry also asked major app stores on Tuesday to remove four apps named in the CCTV show for misleading users into downloading and collecting excessive private information.
UC Browser is developed by Alibaba, which has been under tight scrutiny following criticism from founder Jack Ma. Removing UC Browser means the app can't be downloaded on Android smartphones operated by any Chinese brand. UC Browser Removed Going into the details, the popular internet browsing app was removed after it was criticized on Chinese state television's annual consumer rights show.
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Internet platforms were a subject of discussion at a meeting on Monday chaired by President Xi Jinping of ruling Communist Party leaders in charge of financial and economic affairs.
"We will further strengthen the supervision mechanism and sense of responsibility of the platform, and provide users with high-quality information services with more stringent standards. We urge users to continue to supervise us,” UC said on Monday.