Apple, the world’s leading technology company, has removed the Russian social networking site Vkontakte (VK) from its App Store.
According to the French news agency AFP, Apple issued a statement in which it stated that the reason behind the removal of the Russian social network was the accusation against Russian personalities and institutions by the UK.
According to the report, the British government sanctioned 92 Russian individuals and institutions following the referendum in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied territories.
UK-approved parties previously used apps that were removed from Apple’s App Store. Apple also stated that it had closed the accounts of these authorized parties.
Apple, on the other hand, stated that it is following the law by removing the Russian social media app.
It should be noted that VK, a Russian technology firm based in St. Petersburg, previously stated that some of its applications are no longer available on the Apple App Store.
Apart from messaging, VKontakte’s apps are used for digital payments and purchasing goods, as well as being a social platform similar to Facebook.
It is worth recalling that British Foreign Secretary James stated about the referendum in Ukraine’s occupied territories, “a fake and gun-driven referendum cannot be free and transparent, and we will not accept its result.”
According to him, the sanctions imposed by the UK on Russia targeted the people and platforms involved in fraudulent voting, while sanctions were also imposed on individuals who supported the Russian government’s aggression moving forward.