The translated assertion says “some VK applications are blocked by Apple” however that it’s going to “continue to develop and support iOS applications.” The Russian Ministry of Digital Affairs told state-controlled media outlet RT that it was investigating “the reasons for deleting VK applications and developer accounts, underlining the social significance and scale of use of the services provided by the Russian company.” The apps are nonetheless obtainable on Google’s Play Store.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, its authorities has blocked a number of American social media websites, together with Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The US and different governments have sanctioned many Russian-government-affiliated people and companies, together with VK Group CEO and Putin ally Vladimir Kiriyenko. VKontakte was created in 2006 by Pavel Durov, who was ultimately pushed out of the firm, saying there would be no going back “after I publicly refused to cooperate with the authorities. They can’t stand me.” He then centered on his encrypted messaging app, Telegram.
Apple eradicating VK’s apps signifies that Russian iPhone customers now not have entry to the app for the fifth hottest website in the nation, according to SimilarWeb, in addition to different apps from VK like Mail.ru, VK Music, and Youla classifieds. The firm told Russian news outlet Interfax that the apps could proceed to work however that there might be points with notifications and funds.
Interfax additionally experiences on Tuesday that VK sold off the assets of its gaming division, My.Games to LETA Capital head Alexander Chachava, a Russian businessman who is predicated in the Cayman Islands and managed to give you $642 million to shut the deal. It will proceed to be run by executives who had been already in place, and VK had touted it as a Russian alternative to Steam and Epic Games Store after sanctions blocked many digital video games gross sales in the nation.