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 mentioned in a press release 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 present any extra particulars.
According to checks by Reuters earlier at present, the Bullet Messenger app was nonetheless accessible 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 probably the app has been pulled from iOS because 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 four million users in simply over per week, and likewise snagged $22M in funding.
By September it had claimed seven million customers, and Chinese smartphone maker Smartisan — an investor in Bullet — mentioned 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+ energetic customers) that will 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 function that allows speech-to-text transcription textual content in actual time.
Albeit the app has additionally raised eyebrows for permitting pornographic content to be handed round.
It’s attainable that factor of the app caught the eye of Chinese authorities which have been cracking down on Internet porn lately — even together with non-visual content material (such as ASMR) which native regulators have additionally judged to be obscene.
Although it’s equally attainable Apple itself is responding to a porn criticism about Bullet’s iOS app.
Earlier this year the Telegram messaging app fell foul of the App Store guidelines and was briefly pulled, because of what its founder described as “inappropriate content”.
Apple’s developer pointers for iOS apps embrace a bit on security that proscribes “upsetting or offensive content” — together with frowning on: “Apps with user-generated content material or companies that find yourself getting used primarily for pornographic content material.”
In Telegram’s case, the App Store banishment was quickly resolved.
There’s nothing at present to counsel that Bullet’s app received’t additionally quickly be restored.