Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc. expressed optimism over reinstating removed apps from app store in China, which were banned for their non-compliance with the local government regulations. Apple CEO expressed his views on the forbidden apps at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on December 6.
In a response to a comment by a U.S. democratic senator that Apple had ethical obligation over free expression. Cook said that he strongly believes in freedom.
The Cupertino-based firm has been facing criticism over its decision to remove few apps from its app store in China. Local users and right groups had earlier criticized the move stating that the social giant had capitulated to Beijing regulators.
“My hope over time is that some of the things, the couple of things that’s been pulled, come back. I have great hope on that and great optimism on that,” said Cook.
He added that he has always been trying to explore areas to work together. He added that he was not afraid of being criticized for this.
Apple’s app store generates billions in revenue for the company, and Chinese market is one of the key markets for the tech firm.
Commenting on its bonding with Tencent Holdings, the biggest social network and gaming firm from China, Cook said the company is a great partner and he thinks highly of its founder, Pony Ma.
The two companies had a dispute earlier, but made peace after Apple started accepting WeChat payments from August this year as several apps on the Apple’s app store were made by Tencent, which generated considerable revenue for both the firms.