When it comes to removing apps, Apple’s China App Store seems more resistant to state criticism than Android stores, but this might be just for now as more compliance with local rules is expected.

In China’s recent move to “clean the internet”, apps ordered to be taken down from app stores disappeared quickly from domestic Android stores. Their iOS versions, however, stayed up past the deadline and some still remain.

Authorities ordered online app stores to take down four news apps by 3 p.m. Monday, including Jinri Toutiao (今日头条), the flagship product of the unicorn startup ByteDance Inc., and Tiantian Kuaibao (天天快报) owned by Tencent Holdings, China’s most valuable tech giant. The apps disappeared in different Android stores by the deadline but were still available in Apple’s App Store until Tuesday.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com