Apple removes Iranian apps to comply with United States sanctions

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

Apple removes popular Iranian apps from store, citing US sanctions

Apple began removing Iranian apps this week because of recent sanctions by the USA government against the Middle Eastern country. Apple said it focused on removing apps that could potentially send Iranian money into Apple's accounts.

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

The Office of Foreign Assets Control, the US Treasury Department's financial intelligence watchdog says Apple is not prohibited from hosting Iranian applications.

The OFAC email also said that in case the Iranian developers do not succeed in convincing Apple to bring back their software products back to the App Store, they can apply for exemption from the U.S. government.

Among those removed Thursday was Snapp, a popular ride-sharing app similar to Uber, as well as food delivery service DelionFoods. That followed by the removal in recent weeks of apps for food delivery, shopping and other services.

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

While Apple's move has disrupted businesses of several Iranian startups, Google, another American business, is hosting Iranian apps on its Google Play service.

He told the Tribune that "Immediately after receiving a notice from Apple that Dayan has been removed from App Store, I contacted OFAC". Today, respecting the rights of consumers is a principle which Apple has violated.

Apple has no presence in Iran, due to USA trade sanctions which prevent companies from doing business with the country.

Iranian developers have spoken out against the move, starting a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps. "We will legally pursue the omission of apps".

In addition to blocking Twitter, the Iranian government has long blocked Facebook and YouTube. Citing hard work, he said "No one with an iPhone can download any of the popular apps any more".

Jahromi is Iran's youngest ever government minister.

The Trump administration has modified the overall sanctions, and President Trump signed a new sanctions bill into law this month. Iran had developed its own internal online payment system, shaparak, in response to the sanctions.

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