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

Terry Joseph
August 26, 2017

Iranian media are reporting that Apple Inc. has removed all Iranian mobile apps from its App Store.

Apple has been cracking down on Iranian apps over the last few weeks, removing those that offer food delivery, shopping and ride-hailing services, among others from its App Stores.

Apple told developers, "Under the USA sanctions regulations, the App Store can not host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries", according to The Times.

The statement further added: "This area of law is complex and constantly changing". Android developers can publish apps in Iran as long as they do not involve purchases, although just like in the App Store, a number of Iranian services that break these rules do exist.

Almost 4,000 people signed a petition by Friday demanding Apple stop removing Iranian apps from its App Store.

He told the Tribune that "Immediately after receiving a notice from Apple that Dayan has been removed from App Store, I contacted OFAC".

Another popular Iranian app that was recently pulled down was DelionFoods, an online food delivery service company. Citing hard work, he said "No one with an iPhone can download any of the popular apps any more".

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

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

Apple holds 11 percent share of the Iranian cellphone market, however, it has not observed the Iranian consumer rights, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi was quoted as saying.

In addition to blocking Twitter, the Iranian government has long blocked Facebook and YouTube.

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

Apple is not officially in Iran or any other Persian Gulf countries, and iPhones are not supposed to be for sale in the country.

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

"We are unable to include your app on the App Store". US legislation passed earlier this month imposed mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

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