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Apple is offering Russian iPhone owners state-approved apps

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Apple agreed last month to show Russian users a prompt to initial install specific apps when activating an iPhone or other device before the new law is implemented.

Despite its struggle over civil liberties at home, Apple was forced to obey government orders from authoritarian countries abroad.

This is a notable concession from the company, which usually maintains strict control over the setup of their devices.

And Apple has been willing to make changes in apparent attempts to comply with domestic laws of Russia in the past, including changing maps to show Crimea as a Russian territory.

The claim says: In compliance with Russian legal requirements, keep showing the apps available for download, before showing you a shortlist of dozens of apps.

The list of services approved by the government included local applications, such as Mail.ru, the MIR payment system, VKontakte social networks, Odnoklassniki, and Kaspersky Lab antivirus software.

With the law now in effect, Russians have turned to social media To show What the regulations actually imply for iPhone users.

As part of the iOS setup process, people in Russia are now offered an additional step that directs them to the app store’s recommended software list.

The applications include services such as: Yandex.Browser and Yandex.Maps, the public services application of the Russian Federation, and a Get icon appears next to each application, giving the user a shortcut to install it.

As local media reported previously, iPhone users are not forced to download apps in order to use their mobile phones, but there is no option to unsubscribe from them.

On the other hand, Android devices are reported to come with pre-installed programs, and Apple previously said: It only displays recommended apps that comply with the App Store review guidelines.

Critics of the law – which was originally passed in 2019 and applies to all devices sold in Russia, including personal computers and smart TVs – say it could be used as a surveillance tool.

According to Reuters, the law is part of a broader effort by Moscow to reduce its dependence on foreign companies as well as gain more control over the Internet.

Russia has previously sanctioned US companies that abused their strict internet rules.

After Twitter was recently slowed down by its reluctance to remove illegal content, the government threatened to ban it completely if it did not comply with the demands.

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