Apple has removed the apps of Russian social network VK from the App Store globally.social media company Said The VKontakte app is not “cannot be downloaded and updated on the App Store”. However, apps already installed on Apple devices will continue to work, but may experience issues with payments and notifications. In addition, users can access social networks from mobile websites.
“VK will continue to develop and support applications for iOS. Our experts are doing everything to maintain and continue to improve user comfort,” the company said. blog postHowever, since Apple does not allow users to sideload apps, it did not specify how to distribute these apps without listing them on the App Store. Last year, in accordance with local law, Apple included her VK in the recommended apps section. Appears when setting up the iPhone in Russia.
Apple removed the app from the App Store for the following reasons: UK sanctions against Russian companies.
“These apps are distributed by developers who are majority owned or majority controlled by one or more parties licensed by the UK Government. We’ve terminated the associated developer account and you can no longer download apps from any App Store, regardless of location.Users who have already downloaded these apps can continue to use them.” an Apple spokesperson told the Verge. We have reached out to the company for more information.
The VK app is still available on the Google Play Store. TechCrunch asked Google if it plans to remove these apps.
Earlier this week, Britain imposed 92 sanctions against Russia For imposing “fake referendums” in four regions of Ukraine. These sanctions also included Gazprom Bank executives with ties to the organization controlling VK.
Following Apple’s removal of VK’s app, the Russian Ministry of Digital said: National media house RT I asked Apple why it was removed. They also warned that they had an unspecified “action plan” based on their responses. RT and Sputnik Media Outlets from the App Store March.