Users demand Apple stop removing popular Iranian apps

Users demand Apple stop removing popular Iranian apps

Despite this, millions of iPhones exist in the Middle East country, often smuggled in from places like Dubai and Hong Kong, and Iranian developers have created thousands of apps aimed at local users and distributed them through App Stores outside Iran.

"11 percent of the cellphone market in Iran belongs to Apple", he wrote according to a New York Times translation. That followed the removal in recent weeks of apps for food delivery, shopping and other services.

The New York Times reports that "In a message to Iranian developers whose apps were affected by the ban, Apple said, "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".

On Thursday, the California-based company removed Snapp, the taxi-hailing service dubbed the "Iranian Uber" from its platform, while last week it removed Delion, a food delivery service and Alopeyk, a parcel delivering service.

One of DelionFoods' founders, Mahdi Taghizadeh, expressed frustration over the decision in an interview with The Times. "Imagine if in the USA you wouldn't be able to get Uber on your phone".

- Apple Inc. has removed all Iranian mobile apps from its App Store, authorities said Friday.

Iran doesn't have its own App Store since iPhone sales are banned in the country, but Iranian developers list apps in the Stores of other countries. But now, reports claim that Apple is taking even more aggressive action to remove Iranian apps. In regards to Apple, Iran's telecommunications minister said on Twitter that the country would "legally pursue the omission of apps".

The move comes two years after the historic nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, in which Iran accepted curbs on its contested nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions. "Respecting customer rights is a principle today that Apple hasn't abided by".

Jahromi is Iran's youngest ever government minister.

In addition to blocking Twitter, the Iranian government has long blocked Facebook and YouTube. USA legislation passed earlier this month imposed mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. He has a history of advocating for online freedoms in Iran.