Apple removes all Iranian apps from its App Store

Apple Is Pulling Apps By Iranian Developers From The App Store To Comply With US Sanctions

Apple Is Pulling Apps By Iranian Developers From The App Store To Comply With US Sanctions

Apple (AAPL) removed several Iranian apps from its app store this week in order to comply with USA sanctions against the country, in a move that drew criticism from Iran's telecommunications minister, the New York Times reported. Apple does not have an official Iranian App Store like it does for other regions, but a growing group of developers have been creating apps that are then sold in other App Stores.

Certain shopping and food delivery apps were removed in the previous weeks.

But now Apple has begun removing Iranian apps from foreign app stores to comply with US sanctions, reports the New York Times. "If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store". Citing Iranian media, the Associated Press said the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant had removed all Iranian mobile apps.

"We work so hard, and have to fight all the time, and now this", said Mahdi Taghizadeh, founder of online food delivery service DelionFoods, speaking to the New York Times.

"While Delion and several other applications have been removed, hundreds of other Iranian apps are still available on App Store".

Snapp was one of the apps the New York Times said was removed from the App Store.

Apple takes a cut of all App Store purchases and so sales from Iranian apps could violate USA law.

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In the spirit of encouraging open access to information the Obama administration went as far as to pass measures to sanction technology companies which helped Iran - where Twitter and Facebook are banned - suppress internet communication.

Iran's new telecommunications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, criticized Apple's decision to remove the apps in a tweet, saying that he would look into the matter.

"This will have drastic effects on the startup ecosystem and economy", the creators of the petition, who characterized themselves as "Iranian residents of global village", said of Apple's decision.

In 2013, Barack Obama lifted a ban on United States companies selling communication equipment to Iran while remaining sanctions were gradually wound down after the 2016 nuclear agreement was reached. Today, respecting the rights of consumers is a principle which Apple has violated.

"We are unable to include your app on the App 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.

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