Alibaba's web browser has been removed from many Chinese app stores as the company continues its dispute with the Chinese government.
Android app stores, including those operated by Huawei and Xiaomi, have blocked downloads or removed Alibaba's "UC Browser," according to Huawei phone owners and Xiaomi who spoke to CNBC.
However, a Samsung phone owner in China said he continued to see the browser in its app store Samsung. The UC browser is also available in the Apple App Store.
The news was first reported by the Financial Times following a review by UC Browser on a state-of-the-art television show, broadcast by state broadcaster CCTV, about some misleading online medical ads.
The show accused the browser of allowing private hospitals to bid on the names of China's best-known hospitals in keyword searches. In this way they entice patients to visit private hospitals instead of the public hospitals they have to visit.
A spokesman for Alibaba's UC Browser team told CNBC: "We are paying close attention to the issues raised on the show and have quickly taken a number of steps to control and correct them."
They said that the "illegal advertising content" mentioned on the CCTV show was removed immediately.
"We will further improve content control and provide good information services with stricter standards," they added.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that Beijing's crackdown on big tech companies has just begun. "The development of some platform companies is not formal and there are risks," Xi told China's top economic committee, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Source of information: cnbc.com