Apple removes popular apps in Iran due to USA sanctions

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According to official reports by Apple and information provided by some domestic sources, the company has shut down some of the popular applications developed by Iranians on App Store due to the U.S. sanctions.

Considering that North Korea is constantly threatening South Korea with war and supplying Iran with Nuclear technologies, it's disturbing that not only do they not join the sanctioning Iran, they allow Samsung to aggressively open more stores in Iran.

The New York Times reported Thursday that popular apps for food delivery, ride-hailing and other services in Iran have been removed in recent weeks.

NYT writes that due to the USA sanctions, Apple doesn't operate any official business in Iran or have an Iranian App Store.

Taghizadeh has also protested the move with a #StopRemovingIranianApps campaign on Twitter, according to The Times.

Apple's actions prompted a backlash reminiscent of the response to the company's recent removal of virtual private networks or VPNs from China's App Store. "Imagine if in the USA you wouldn't be able to get Uber on your phone".

The Telecommunication Minister tweeted: '11% of Iran's mobile phone market share is owned by Apple.

"The full removal of Iranian apps by Apple means our work will be much more complicated", said Taghizadeh.

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Since August 19, Apple has gradually removed most applications related to Iran from its iOS store.

Apple is not officially in Iran or any other Persian Gulf countries, and iPhones are not supposed to be for sale in the country.

"11 percent of the cellphone market in Iran belongs to Apple", he wrote according to a New York Times translation. Barack Obama's administration eased restrictions on US tech companies that offered Internet services in Iran as a way of encouraging a free flow of information, especially among younger Iranians.

"There is no pattern to Apple's new move", he told the Financial Tribune.

"Respecting customer rights is a principle today that Apple hasn't abided by", Jahromi said.

After hinting last week that Twitter and YouTube might be unblocked, Iran's telecommunications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari, took to Twitter to complain about Apple's decision.

"We will legally sue (the issue of) removing of the apps", Azari-Jahromi said.