Users demand Apple stop removing popular Iranian apps

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Apple does not sell its products in Iran and an Iranian version of the Apple App Store doesn't exist, but smuggled iPhones are popular among wealthy Iranians.

Iran's new telecommunications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, criticized Apple's decision to remove the apps in a tweet, saying that he would look into the matter.

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.

"This will have drastic effects on the startup ecosystem and economy", the creators of the petition, who characterized themselves as "Iranian residents of global village", said of Apple's decision. Thus, developers use the App Stores of other countries to create and share their apps.

This move follows the removal in recent weeks of Iranian apps for food delivery, shopping and other services.

Another popular Iranian app that was recently pulled down was DelionFoods, an online food delivery service company.

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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 firm cited United States sanction regulations as its reason for removing the services, which had proliferated despite the fact that Apple does not offer a dedicated version of its App Store for the nation. Google hasn't begun to take down Iranian apps from its Play store.

Its founder, Mahdi Taghizadeh, is furious about it and is protesting on Twitter, where he started a campaign called #StopRemovingIranianApps.

Even though Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are officially banned and blocked by the Iranian government, TechRasa believes there are 47 million social media users in the country.

"Giving respect to consumer rights is a principle today which Apple has not followed", Jahromi tweeted.

Apple has no presence in Iran, due to USA trade sanctions which prevent companies from doing business with the country. "We will legally pursue the omission of apps", he added. Following this, several app makers moved to the Iranian online payments system Shaparak, cash and other available forms of payment.

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