Apple’s sales and services in Russia have been blocked, leaving everyone in a state of shock and bewilderment. Russians and others all around the world are debating whether or not this smartphone firm will return to Russia.
The company is “very concerned” about the Russian intrusion and has “stopped all product sales” in the country, according to the company. Apple also announced that it had taken efforts in Russia to limit access to online services such as Apple Pay. Outside of Russia, it has access to Russian state media applications.
On Twitter and Meta (Facebook’s parent company), finding postings from Russian-backed media organisations is becoming more difficult. Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok have all blocked two of Russia’s most well-known news outlets, RT and Sputnik.
As a result of Ukraine’s incursion, Apple (AAPL) has ceased sales of all of its devices in Russia, the firm announced on Tuesday.
Google’s news agency network must be withdrawn from the Russian state press. Apple has banned sales of all of its products in Russia. What effect will these acts have on the people of Vladimir Putin’s country?
“Last week, we put a halt to all supplies to our country’s sales force. Other systems, such as Apple Pay, have had their functionality reduced. “According to Apple, RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download on the App Store outside of Russia.” “We have restricted both traffic and current happenings in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a security and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.”
Apple’s decision comes amid growing public pressure on tech companies to take action against Russia. Last week, the Ukrainian government wrote to Apple, requesting that it stop selling its apps in Russia. However, some security and political experts believe this will impede Russian demonstrators who rely on Western sites to organise.
Following Apple’s announcement on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Minister of Digitalization, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted that Apple CEO Tim Cook should “finish the job” and asked the business to “restrict” access to its app store in Russia.
So, no one can say whether Apple will return to Russia or not, but one thing is certain: the world stands with Ukraine while expressing its displeasure with Russia. Keep an eye on this space for additional information on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.