Apple products are blocked in Russia
Apple on Tuesday said it has halted sales of its products in Russia and has taken several other steps in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The company said it had removed two Russian state-run media platforms, Russia Today and Sputnik, from the Apple App Store outside Russia, stopped all exports to its Russian sales channel last week, and traffic to its Apple Maps. and had disabled both the live event features. App in Ukraine “as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.”
Apple said it has “limited” the use of Apple Pay “and other services” in Russia.
“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all those who have suffered as a result of the violence,” the company said in a statement.
On the messaging platform Telegram, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov also announced Apple’s actions.
“Apple has stopped selling its devices in the official online store in Russia thanks to Tim Cook,” Mr. Fedorov wrote in Ukrainian, citing Apple’s chief executive. Soon, people were tweeting screenshots of checkout pages for Apple products, with messages showing that the products weren’t available.
Tech companies are struggling to accede to demands from Russia and Western countries about blocking misinformation and state-run media on their platforms.
On Monday, Facebook’s parent company Meta said it would restrict access to Russia Today and Sputnik across the European Union. Google, which owns YouTube, said in a blog post on Tuesday that it would block YouTube channels belonging to Sputnik or Russia Today across Europe.
After asking Google to block YouTube channels from RT and Sputnik in Europe, the company said it would now allow Russian state-funded media to appear in Google News and other related news properties, including the Top News and News tabs. Will not give
Daisuke Wakabayashi Contributed to reporting.
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