Apple has recently removed apps that offer shopping, food delivery, and ride-hailing services from its App stores due to US sanctions on Iran.
That’s one of the reasons why people don’t use iPhone and Apple is unable to do business there.
Earlier this year, when Apple told Iranian developers to take down payment options in their apps in order to make sure no Iranian money fell into Apple’s hands, most Iranian apps switched over to an Iran-based online payment system. But developers of apps like Iran’s Uber-like Snapp, which was taken down this week, were recently sent a message from Apple saying, “Under the U.S. sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain U.S. embargoed countries.”
People respond to such statement by creating a hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps.
In regards to Apple, Iran’s telecommunications minister said on Twitter that the country would “legally pursue the omission of apps.”