Apple Accidentally Bans Innocent Apps in Gambling Crackdown

It’s pretty hard to be an iOS developer these days, as your apps can be banned from the App Store for no clear reason at any point.

This is exactly what happened in the case of several developers whose apps disappeared from the store after Apple started a gambling app purge. Even if their apps have nothing to do with gambling, that is.

The best example is of a Polish magazine whose features include a GIF sharing feature. The app was pulled from the store recently, and the developer was being told that the removal was part of an effort “to reduce fraudulent activity and comply with the government requests to address illegal online gambling activity.”

As noted by the BBC, Norway has requested Apple to remove gambling apps from its own App Store, but the cleaning process takes place worldwide, with several innocent apps mistakenly caught in the crossfire.

Several developers affected

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