Russian Social Network VKontakte Threw Out of App Store

Apple has removed VK, Russia’s most popular social network, from the App Store. As a result, the app can no longer be downloaded on iPhones.

VKontakte, VK for short, is similar to Facebook but also has the mail service mail.ru, VK Music and advertisement platform Youla. There is currently no formal reason why the app was removed, although it is believed to be related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent steps. For example, sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are now blocked in Russia, and Apple no longer sells iPhones in Russia.

The Verge knows that not only has the app been pulled from the App Store, but VK’s developer accounts have also been suspended. Remarkably, the app still exists in Google Play. VK tells the Russian news agency Interfax that it will continue to develop the iOS app in the meantime.

VK confirms the news in a statement. Russians who already have the app today can continue to use it, but you can’t download it again. VK expects the app to continue to work but does not dare to rule out problems with payments or notifications. However, it does say that major updates have recently been carried out and that the app can, in principle, last for a while.

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