Apple Removes BIGO Live from App Store

Bigo Live, a popular live streaming app that had millions of users worldwide, was recently removed from the App Store. The reason for the removal has not been officially confirmed, but it is believed to be due to violations of Apple’s guidelines.

Bigo Live, developed by Singapore-based BIGO Technology, was launched in 2016 and quickly gained popularity in Asia and other parts of the world. The app allows users to stream live video, chat with followers, and earn virtual gifts that can be exchanged for real money.

However, the app has faced criticism and controversy over its content, particularly its use by some users to broadcast inappropriate and sexually explicit material. In some countries, the app has also been accused of spreading fake news and inciting violence.

It is not clear which specific violations led to the removal of Bigo Live from the App Store. However, Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines outline strict rules on content and behavior that apps must adhere to in order to be approved and remain available on the store.

The guidelines prohibit apps that contain “objectionable content,” including explicit sexual material, violence, and hate speech. They also require apps to have robust moderation and reporting mechanisms to prevent and address inappropriate behavior by users.

Bigo Live has faced scrutiny and bans in several countries over its content and behavior. In India, the app was temporarily banned in 2019 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology over concerns about “unlawful content” and its potential to spread fake news and incite violence.

In Indonesia, the app was banned in 2020 over concerns about inappropriate content and its potential to “destroy the morals and culture” of the country. The ban was later lifted after Bigo Technology agreed to comply with the country’s regulations.

Bigo Technology has not yet issued a statement on the removal of Bigo Live from the App Store. However, the company has previously stated that it takes content moderation and user safety seriously and has implemented measures to address concerns about inappropriate content and behavior.

The removal of Bigo Live from the App Store is a reminder of the strict guidelines and standards that app developers must adhere to in order to be approved and remain available on the store. It also highlights the importance of content moderation and user safety in the fast-growing world of live streaming and social media apps.

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