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What is The Reaction of The Major Tech Giants to The Invasion of Ukraine?

Monday, March 28, 2022

 

What is The Reaction of The Major Tech Giants to The Invasion of Ukraine?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked outcry and sanctions, but the direct power to shape human destiny in the 21st Century doesn't lie with governments alone. Instead, it lies with technology companies in times of conflict. From social media platforms being used for information warfare to software companies defending customers from state-sponsored cyber attacks, the invasion highlights how critical technology companies are


How Companies Are Responding

Apple

The company has "paused all product sales" in Russia while "Apple Pay and other services have been limited"

In Ukraine, the company has disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps amid concerns that Russia could attack locations where large groups were gathering

Google

Has removed apps for RT and Sputnik from the App Store outside of Russia

Update its Search and Maps services to provide alerts to UN resources for people searching for refugee and asylum information

Block YouTube channels connected to RT


In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Meta has been on high alert to identify emerging threats and respond as quickly as possible

It has blocked access to RT and Sputnik across the EU and is globally demoting content from Russian state-controlled media outlets across Facebook and Instagram

Additional account privacy and security protections have been rolled out in Ukraine and are being added to Russia


Netflix has also halted all Russian productions and acquisitions.

Snapchat has also stopped all advertising running in Russia, Ukraine and even Belarus as a result of the conflict. The company said it does not accept revenue from Russian state-owned entities and will continue to monitor for disinformation and other misuse.

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