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Apple halts all system gross sales in Russia in response to invasion of Ukraine

Samuel Axon

Apple has halted all gross sales of its merchandise in Russia as a response to the nation’s invasion of Ukraine, the corporate introduced this afternoon. On-line gross sales had been halted instantly, whereas the corporate says it stopped transport merchandise into Russian retail channels in some unspecified time in the future final week.

Apple has additionally made adjustments to a few of its providers in response to the invasion; Russian state-controlled media firms RT and Sputnik have each had their apps faraway from Apple’s App Shops in all territories exterior Russia, and the corporate has stopped offering site visitors and dwell incidents information for Ukraine inside Apple Maps “as a security and precautionary measure for Ukrainian residents.” The Apple Pay service has additionally been “restricted”—the corporate didn’t elaborate, however transactions are not supported by means of numerous Russian banks which were hit by sanctions.

In an inside e mail (through MacRumors), Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner mentioned that the corporate was “donating to humanitarian aid efforts and offering assist for the unfolding refugee disaster.” Apple would additionally match worker donations to “eligible organizations” 2-to-1.

Apple joins many different tech firms—together with however not restricted to Microsoft, Google, and Meta—in delisting and deprioritizing Russian state-controlled media retailers on its platforms. Microsoft has eliminated RT and Sputnik’s apps from the Home windows Retailer and restricted their presence on its Bing search engine, whereas YouTube has blocked RT and Sputnik content material in Europe and demonetized their content material elsewhere. Meta has been taking down bot networks on Fb and Instagram in addition to offering instruments to safeguard the accounts and private information of Ukrainian and Russian residents. The US and different international locations have additionally blocked exports of chips, telecom tools, and different {hardware} into Russia because of the Ukraine invasion.

“We’ll proceed to guage the scenario and are in communication with related governments on the actions we’re taking,” Apple mentioned in an announcement.

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