Apple is under fire after a new report says the tech giant is starting to crack down on third-party screen time apps.
The New York Times reports that Apple removed or limited the features of third-party apps designed to track and limit screen time.
These include apps that give parents a tighter control of their children’s phone or tablet use.
The newspaper reports that one such third-party parental control app Our Pact was booted from Apple’s app store in February after being downloaded 3 million times.
Our Pact CEO tells the New York Times it was not warned ahead of time that it was being removed.
An Apple spokesperson tells the Times the company treats all apps the same and says Our Pact’s removal is not connected to Apple’s plan to roll out its own screen time and parental control features.
Then in a later statement, Apple says the removed apps put the security and privacy of users at risk.