Apple bans VPN-based adblockers from App Store


The developer behind the popular adblock apps Adblock and Weblock is now finding that Apple is rejecting app updates because they violate the App Store Developer Guidelines.

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According to 9to5Mac, the violation relates to section 4.2.1:

Apps should use APIs and frameworks for their intended purposes and indicate that integration in their app description. For example, the HomeKit framework should provide home automation services; and HealthKit should be used for health and fitness purposes and integrate with the Health app.

In other words, using VPN or root certificates to remove ads being displayed in apps is not using the “APIs…

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