World Bulletin / News Desk
Nearly 4,000 people signed a petition by Friday demanding Apple stop removing Iranian apps from its App Store.
Apple began removing Iranian apps this week because of recent sanctions by the U.S. government against the Middle Eastern country.
Among those removed Thursday was Snapp, a popular ride-sharing app similar to Uber, as well as food delivery service DelionFoods. Apple said it focused on removing apps that could potentially send Iranian money into Apple’s accounts.
The petition on Change.org addressed Apple chief executive Tim Cook and was published in English and Persian.
“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. “On one hand, we are losing touch with our most needed application and services and, on the other hand, it might cause many jobs to be lost.”
Apple responded to the petition in a message that said the company will comply with U.S. rules.
“Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries,” the company told Iranian developers.
“This area of law is complex and constantly changing. If the existing restrictions shift, we encourage you to resubmit your app for inclusion on the App Store.”
The sale of iPhones is officially banned in Iran, although millions are smuggled into the country. Apple does not have an official Iranian App Store like it does for other regions, but a growing group of developers have been creating apps that are then sold in other App Stores. Iranian technology news outlet TechRasa estimates 48 million smartphones in Iran, a nation with a population of 80 million.
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.
Electoral coalitions in Iraq are often formed based on sectarian and ethnic lines
Rescue team has not ruled out possibility of locating more bodies
Israeli officials say Gaza economy was “like from zero to below zero”
Salim al-Jubouri also stresses need to support war-ravaged Nineveh province in post-ISIL era
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted that Trump said "I'd," not "I" as the newspaper reported.
Palestinian minister says Israeli government violates Christian, Muslim places of worship
Five people are still missing after the mudslides, according to an update on the County of Santa Barbara's website, which warned people to "anticipate the numbers of missing persons to fluctuate significantly."
Haider al-Abadi forms Victory Coalition and calls on political groups to join his ‘supra-sectarian national coalition’
‘The U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii,’ says Pentagon
Palestine Liberation Organization calls for the assurance of the establishment of the Palestinian state
Antonio Guterres says UN supports Colombian peace process
Speculation about Haley's presidential ambitious has picked up since she defended Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, staring down friends and foes alike at the world body.
"The G7 serves well as a proving or testing ground for discussions that could eventually go into the G20 or the United Nations or international financial institutions," Peter Boehm, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's G7 representative, said in an interview with AFP.
Delegates briefed by terrorist group about demands for federal system in Syria, local sources say