An app can pose a bigger security threat depending on the country

Google and Apple have removed hundreds of apps from their app stores at the request of governments around the world, creating regional disparities in access to mobile apps at a time when many economies are becoming increasingly dependent on them.

Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in Tunisia and not in Germany. Only Photo via Getty Images

At the request of the Indian government, the mobile phone giants have removed over 200 Chinese apps in recent years, including widely downloaded apps like TikTok. Similarly, the companies removed LinkedIn, a must-have professional networking app, from Russian app stores at the request of the Russian government.