Users demand Apple stop removing popular Iranian apps

Apple previously warned Iranian developers last February to remove payment options from its apps given the USA economic sanctions.

Technology company Apple has removed several popular Iranian apps from its App Store platform over concerns that doing business in Iran violates U.S. sanctions.

The move prompted backlash from developers online, and lead to the creation of a #StopRemovingIranianApps on Twitter hashtag.

Salehi-Isfahani said there has already been much uncertainty about foreign investment, and Apple's removal of Iranian apps could be a sign that the company believes the accord may be in jeopardy.

According to the Times, Iran's telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that the country "will legally purse the omission of apps". Google (googl) also allows for apps to be accessible and downloaded in Iran, marking a stark departure with Apple. According to the official literature, Apple is not prohibited from hosting Iranian software products on App Store. That followed the removal in recent weeks of apps for food delivery, shopping and other services.

Apple's recent action can be seen as an extension of its earlier efforts when it restricted the Iranian apps with in-app transactions, citing non-compliance with the Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations.

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Apple's crackdown follows a similar wave of removals which targeted Chinese apps created to enable residents to evade censors and gain access to the global internet. His app was among those removed during the purge.

The spokesperson declined to speak specifically on the apps referenced, but did note the company has made free apps and games that available on its Google Play app store in the country in compliance with us sanctions.

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.

Azari Jahromi has also hinted that Twitter and YouTube may be unblocked in Iran in the near future, but has also affirmed that this is not his decision to make.

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

  • Megan Austin