It is not hidden that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has affected the smartphone and electronics market of both countries. West has put sanctions on Russia and American tech giants are also applying sanctions in their own way; the most recent one comes from Apple. Apple has recently announced that it is stopping all sales of its devices in Russia due to recent developments. It has halted both the online as well as retail sales of Apple devices.
In addition to that, the tech giant has also made some changes in its services. For instance, Apple removed Russian state-controlled media companies-RT and Sputnik’s applications from its App stores in all countries, except Russia. On top of that, Apple Maps has also stopped providing traffic and live incidents data for Ukraine, just like Google Maps. Plus, it has also limited the Apple Pay service in the company.
Moreover, the company is also “donating to humanitarian relief efforts and providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis”, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared in an internal email.
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Apple is not the only US company to ban RT and Sputnik apps
As previously mentioned, Apple is not the only American company banning services in Europe; the list already includes other big names like Microsoft, Google, and Meta. Microsoft has removed RT’s and Sputnik’s apps from Windows Store. It has also limited its Bing search engine. YouTube has blocked RT and Sputnik in Europe alongside demonetizing their content elsewhere. On the other hand, Meta has removed bot networks on both Facebook and Instagram. On top of that, it is offering tools to both Russian and Ukrainian users to protect their accounts and personal data.
Besides that, US companies have also banned exports of chips, telecoms, among other things into Russia.
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