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Apple Launches Russia’s Largest Social Network on App Store – What About Other VK Apps?

Apple has removed Russia’s biggest social media platform from its App Store, Russian tech company VK has said.

This now means that iPhones and iPads can no longer download the VKontakte app from the giant phone maker’s official app market.

But what about other apps from Russian tech giant VK?

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This illustration photo shows the Apple App Store logo reflected from an iPhone on the back of an iMac in Los Angeles, August 26, 2021.

Apple launches Russia’s largest social network on the App Store

According to the latest report from Apple Insider, the Cupertino-based tech giant has launched the Russian nation’s biggest social media app from the App Store. Thus, the Vkontakte application cannot be found on the iPhone application market.

The outlet notes that the hit Russian social media app attracts millions of downloads on the App Store alone.

But this time, iPhone and iPad users could no longer download it directly from the App Store after the tech giant removed it.

The owner of the social media app, VK, revealed in its recent statement that its apps have been removed from Apple’s App Store.

Its platforms, including VK Music, and Youla Classified, are no longer available on said app market. Not to mention that this social media app would also have been kicked out.

Apple launches Russia's largest social network on the App Store
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A picture shows the logo of Russian social media platform VK (formerly VKontakte) during the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), at the ExpoForum convention and exhibition center in Saint Petersburg, June 15, 2022.

According to a report by The edgethe statement confirms that “some VK applications are blocked by Apple”.

Why was it removed from the App Store?

While VK has already confirmed that some of its platforms are no longer accessible from the App Store, it has not explained why it has been “blocked”. So it’s still unclear why these Russian apps suddenly disappeared from the online app storefront.

However, The Verge notes in its report that Russia’s Ministry of Digital Affairs leaked to its state media, RT, that it is currently conducting an investigation. He says he is still investigating why Apple removed VK apps and their developer accounts.

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Do these VK apps still work on iPhone, iPad?

Apple Insider reports that those who have already installed the affected Russian apps will still have them on their phones. But if new users would like to install it, it is impossible to do so through the App Store.

The online outlet notes that current users may experience issues when trying to use payments using these “blocked” apps.

VK further assures its users that it continues to work on iOS apps and its support is unaffected.

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