Bullet Messenger, a fast-rising Chinese messaging upstart that’s gunning to tackle native behemoth, WeChat, has been pulled from the iOS App Store owing to what its house owners sofa as a copyright criticism.
Reuters reported the event earlier, saying Bullet’s proprietor, Beijing-based Kuairu Technology, claimed in a social media posting that the app had been taken down from Apple’s app retailer due to a criticism associated to picture content material offered by a associate.
“We are verifying the situation with the partner and will inform you as soon as possible when download capabilities are resumed,” it stated in an announcement on its official Weibo account.
The firm didn’t specify which a part of the app has been topic to a criticism.
We’ve reached out to Apple to ask if it could actually present any extra particulars.
According to checks by Reuters earlier right this moment, the Bullet Messenger app was nonetheless out there on China’s prime Android app shops — together with shops owned by WeChat proprietor Tencent, in addition to Baidu and Xiaomi shops — which the information company suggests makes it much less doubtless the app has been pulled from iOS on account of censorship by the state, saying apps focused by regulators usually disappear from native app shops too.
Bullet Messenger solely launched in August however rapidly racked up 4 million customers in simply over per week, and in addition snagged $22M in funding.
By September it had claimed seven million customers, and Chinese smartphone maker Smartisan — an investor in Bullet — stated it deliberate to spend 1 billion yuan (~$146M) over the subsequent six months in a bid to achieve 100M customers. Though in a battle with a aggressive Goliath like WeChat (1BN+ lively customers) that might nonetheless be a relative minnow.
The upstart messenger has grabbed consideration with its quick progress, apparently attracting customers through its comparatively minimal messaging interface and a characteristic that permits speech-to-text transcription textual content in actual time.
Albeit the app has additionally raised eyebrows for permitting pornographic content material to be handed round.
It’s doable that aspect of the app caught the eye of Chinese authorities which have been cracking down on Internet porn in recent times — even together with non-visual content material (akin to ASMR) which native regulators have additionally judged to be obscene.
Although it’s equally doable Apple itself is responding to a porn criticism about Bullet’s iOS app.
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