Apple mentioned on Tuesday that it had paused the gross sales of its merchandise in Russia and brought a number of different steps in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The corporate mentioned it had eliminated two Russian state-run media platforms, Russia In the present day and Sputnik, from the Apple App Retailer exterior Russia, stopped all exports into its Russian gross sales channel final week, and disabled each site visitors and stay incident options in its Apple Maps app in Ukraine “as a security and precautionary measure for Ukrainian residents.”
Apple mentioned it had additionally “restricted” the usage of Apple Pay “and different companies” in Russia.
“We’re deeply involved concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with the entire people who find themselves struggling on account of the violence,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
Apple’s actions had been additionally introduced by Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation, on the messaging platform Telegram.
“Apple has stopped promoting its gear within the official on-line retailer in Russia, due to Tim Prepare dinner,” Mr. Fedorov wrote in Ukrainian, citing Apple’s chief government. Quickly, folks had been tweeting screenshots of checkout pages for Apple merchandise, with messages exhibiting that the merchandise weren’t accessible.
Tech corporations are wrestling with whether or not to accede to calls for from Russia and Western international locations about blocking misinformation and state-run media on their platforms.
On Monday, Meta, the dad or mum firm of Fb, mentioned it might prohibit entry to Russia In the present day and Sputnik throughout the European Union. Google, which owns YouTube, mentioned in a weblog publish Tuesday that it might block YouTube channels associated to Sputnik or Russia In the present day throughout Europe.
After Google mentioned it might block YouTube channels from RT and Sputnik in Europe, the corporate mentioned it might not permit Russian state-funded media to look in Google Information and its different associated information properties together with High Information and the Information tab.
Daisuke Wakabayashi contributed reporting.