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Apple Inc. Removes Iranian Apps From App Store Due To US Sanctions

Apple is aggressively shutting down Iranian-based apps, reportedly citing adherence to us sanctions against the country.

Over the Iranian weekend, several other applications have also been removed including Tap30, Snapp (two ride-hailing apps), Hamloo (parcel delivery service) and Reyhoon (food delivery service).

Apple is pulling apps created by Iranian developers that are specifically designed for people in Iran from its App Stores to comply with USA sanctions, The New York Times reports.

According to the Times, Iran's telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that the country "will legally purse the omission of apps".

"When I inquired why only some Iranian apps have been targeted while hundreds (including some internationally known names) are still available on App Store, the Apple operator did not respond", Mehdi Nayebi, CEO of Alopeyk, one of Iran's leading parcel delivery services, told the Financial Tribune.

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. Those using abusive language or negative behavior will result in being blacklisted on Disqus.

"Giving respect to consumer rights is a principle today which Apple has not followed", Jahromi tweeted.

While Apple has no official presence in Iran, the New York Times notes that Iranians have acquired "millions" of iPhones through third parties.

In addition to blocking Twitter, the Iranian government has long blocked Facebook and YouTube. After the Apple notice, nearly all Iranian apps, including Snapp, switched to shaparak, cash and other methods of payment.

Due to the same sanctions, Apple does not actually sell iPhones to Iran and doesn't have an Iran-specific App Store. The crackdown follows the company's recent removal of apps in China that allowed residents to evade censors and gain access to the global Internet, and were deemed illegal by the Chinese government. Citing hard work, he said "No one with an iPhone can download any of the popular apps any more".

Thomas Erdbrink and Vindu Goel are New York Times writers. "If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store".

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