Apple halts all product sales in Russia

Apple said on Tuesday it has halted all product sales in Russia in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Reuters:

“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence,” Apple said in a statement. “We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.”

The company outlined a number of actions in response to the invasion, including stopping all exports into its sales channels in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited, the company said. The Russian state media, RT News and Sputnik News, are no longer available for download from the Apple Store outside Russia.

MacDailyNews Take: Not really much of a problem for Apple since Russia’s entire GDP is less than that of Texas (US$1.709 billion vs. $1.772 billion, respectively). Russia is small potatoes; a poor podunk nation with, unfortunately, a bunch of aging nukes left over from yet another failed socialist state, headed by a despot with a raging Napoleon complex.

So, while we agree with Apple halting product sales, we believe people are smarter than Apple seems to think and that propaganda can and should be seen, not censored, as it tells us more about the perpetrators and their motives than does a vacuum created by censorship.

Apple should rethink their relatively newfound knee-jerk propensity to censor. Apple should not treat their customers as if they’re stupid, unable to handle ideas or discern truth. Apple, or any other Big Tech company, should not be playing Big Brother, arbiter of “truth.”

People who are confident in their ideas and values do not need to impose silence on anyone.

• RT News: https://www.rt.com
• Sputnik News: https://sputniknews.com

As we often write, the best way to consume “news” is to cast a wide net.

As always, readers of “news” need to consider the sources and interpret what they are are being told accordingly. The more disparate sources you can find, the better. And we don’t mean different newspaper, network, website brands that are all owned by the same conglomerate. Determining the actual ownership of your “news” sources is an investment that requires a bit of time, but it is very enlightening.MacDailyNews Take, June 17, 2015

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22 Comments

  1. I’m with Apple on halting product sales to Russia and I’m with MDN on being anti-censorship.

    Apple thinks we’re stupid. Apple thinks it’s our mommy. Tim Cook is, ultimately, a fool for choosing censorship; the wrong path.

    We can recognize propaganda, Apple. Trying to hide disinformation / misinformation doesn’t make it disappear. Look up “The Streisand Effect,” dummies.

    1. Apple has been choosing censorship since the App Store. So as fans would say…. it’s for your protection and they welcome censoring you and I on our devices… for their protection.

      Now I would love to see them pull the same trick in China. Google did!

      1. People will say anything, no matter how despicably dishonest. Google pulled the plug on the search engine business with China because the immense data collection that their search engine records would be highly regulated and limited by the Chinese government as well as their usage of it. It was a financial profit/loss decision, period. But Google remains knee deep in projects in China including data centers and a number of collaborations on new technology.
        But there are those who never let facts get in the way of despicable dishonesty.

        1. Unlike some, you bring forth Google dishonesty? Fine, hold them accountable, but not once did Google censor me on my property.

          You know, as long as we’re being honest.

  2. Firstly, given how easily false information gets spread around and used to support one side or the other of many debates, I would say a vast number of people actually can’t – or more probably can’t be bothered to – critically examine what comes out of many news outlets.

    But more to the point, this is not censorship. This is the heavy restriction on the ability of mouthpieces for the Russian government to be able to get false information out and earn revenue from doing so.

    By reducing the ability to access those outlets, readership is reduced, therefore how much they can demand for ads is reduced, thereby cutting the available revenue that can be funnelled into the pockets of Putin associates and the propaganda arm of this one-sided war.

    It may force people into casting their news net wider and encounter more facts about what is really going on. Just one example of this is the shock expressed by many Russian soldiers and their families about the nature of the invasion when the lies broadcast by those news channels are uncovered.

    “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts” Too many wise people have said this to attribute it to just one….

    1. Wrong !!! everyone is not entitled to their own opinion; any thought that does not support the official opinion must be rooted out and eliminated. Regardless of facts and changing science, Freedom and individualism has no place in the modern connected world. The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few. All people are property of the state and the few must be sacrificed for the long term well fare of the state.

  3. I wonder if Timmy will halt sales to China when they invade Taiwan? I highly doubt it. He is only woke on the easy issues and gutless for everything else.

    1. More like Apple will offer tax free holiday and steep discounts of all apple products to China’s mainland market as a way to congratulate the CCP and PRC for their brave unification of Taiwan from the grip of capitalistic imperial dogs. And we know what the mainland dose with dogs !

    2. As gutless as someone blathering on on the Internet or their devices, machines, clothes, toiletries, materials in their home that in part or entirely come from China.
      Someone who does that? They are real credit to guts!

  4. I’m getting pretty tired of Apple since gay boy Timmy has been in charge. Are there any other options instead of Android or Apple?

    Did you see how quick Putin killed Covid and ended the mask mandates? Pretty funny leading up to the State of Address tonight.

    Anyone else confirm the Bio labs in Ukraine that were built and funded by the US. Those were the main targets that Russia was to take out. Did anyone else notice that it was Biden and his illegitimate administration instigating this conflict? Months right? The media was all over it as they should be because they are bought. Now we see that most all the photos coming from the news lately were at least two years old.

    1. Well I’m getting tired of unhinged Apple haters who can’t stop their own emotional impulse of coming to Apple product sites to pound out keyboard whimpers.
      See we all have our burdens to deal with.

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