Apple has removed a popular Quran and Bible apps from the App Store after a request from officials, prompting criticism across the world amid abuse allegations of China's Uighur Muslim citizens.

Quran Majeed, an app which is used by millions of Muslims across the world, was removed for hosting "illegal religious texts", according to a report by the BBC .

Olive Tree’s Bible app was also taken down.

Monitoring website Apple Censorship first reported on the removal of the app.

The app’s maker, PDMS said: “According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities.”

It added: “We are trying to get in touch with the Cyberspace Administration of China and relevant Chinese authorities to get the issue resolved.” PDMS has some one million users in China.

The reasoning behind the removal of the app has not been made clear, and China has not released a statement about it.

The decision has prompted criticism about freedom of religion online.

Journalist Miriam Elder tweeted: “One day the history books will look back at how American companies compromised themselves during China’s campaign against its own Muslim population and Apple will certainly be there.”

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