Duolingo app removed from Chinese app stores

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Move follows China clampdown on private tutoring for profit in China.

Shanghai, Aug. 5 - Duolingo Inc said late on Thursday that it was aware that the popular Duolingo language learning app was no longer available for download on some app stores in China.

Its removal from the Chinese app stores comes after Beijing barred curriculum-based tutoring for profit and barred foreign investment in the sector, affecting a blow to the country's $120 billion private tutoring industry last month.

As of Friday, Duolingo could not be downloaded to Android app stores operated by companies such as Huawei Technologies and Tencent Holdings. It was still available on Apple Inc's Chinese app store.

The issue is resolved and we are hopeful that the app will be reinstated in the near term, Pittsburgh-based Duolingo said. Current users in China can continue to use the app as they always do.

Both Huawei and Tencent did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Duolingo app is free to download and allows users to learn more than 30 languages.

TikTok founder Gogokid told employees on Thursday he planned to lay off staff in its education business and the location of some of its tutoring operations, including its one-on-one English online classes app GoGoKid.