Apple has halted all product sales in Russia.
Apple (AAPL) stated Tuesday that it has ceased selling all of its goods in Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine.
NewsReport gathered that the corporation said in a statement that it is “very concerned” about the Russian incursion and has “paused all product sales” in the country as a result. Apple also stated that it has taken steps to restrict access to digital services such as Apple Pay within Russia, as well as the availability of Russian state media applications outside of the nation.
“Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia,” Apple said. “And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens.”
Apple’s decision comes as tech companies have faced increasing public pressure to act against Russia.
The Ukrainian government last week had asked Apple to stop offering its app store in Russia, but some security and democracy experts said that that could harm Russian users who are protesting the Kremlin and who rely on Western tools to organize.
Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have all begun cracking down on content shared by Russian media amid intensifying pressure from European officials to act against pro-Russian propaganda. Netflix also said it is refusing to air Russian state TV channels in the country.