From SpaceX to Apple, Google and Twitter – here’s how Big Tech is trying to help Ukraine against Russia
- Help has been pouring in from
Ukrainefrom several corners, apart from all the weight of western nations behind the country.
- After calls from the country’s politicians, including its Prime Minister
Volodymyr ZelenskyBig Tech has stepped up its efforts to counter Russian aggression.
- Here’s a look at how big tech companies, including
The ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war has seen the western world take a decisive stand against Russia, and it’s not just governments trying to help Ukraine – Big Tech has stepped up its efforts not only to offer assistance to Ukraine, but also to take an active stand against Russian aggression.
Ukrainian politicians, from the country’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelenskyy to ordinary citizens, have attempted to defy Russian aggression in various capacities. Zelenskyy’s appeals also succeeded in displacing enough foreign nationals to enter Ukraine to retaliate against Russian forces.
However, outside of Western countries, Big Tech has also played an important role in making things difficult for Russia and easier for Ukraine.
Here’s how Big Tech is trying to help Ukraine and fight back against Russia
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Apple stops all sales to Russia
At first, Apple announced that it was stopping all sales in Russia after calls from the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister. Apart from that, it also stopped traffic and live incident updates in Apple Maps, and blocked access to App Store in Russia.
Outside of Russia, Apple said it removed RT and
Microsoft monitors Russian hacking threats
Microsoft, meanwhile, said it was trying to detect and alert the Ukrainian government to cyberattacks against the country, targeting Ukraine’s digital assets, finance, agriculture and other critical sectors.
Apart from that, it also removed RT app from Windows App Store and downgraded RT and Sputnik on Bing.
Meta, Twitter and YouTube help mitigate Russian disinformation campaigns
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all banned Russian state media from running ads on their platforms, with YouTube going a step further and demonetizing these media outlets.
Apart from that, these platforms also work to verify Russian disinformation campaigns.
Google disables live traffic data in Ukraine
The search giant announced that it had updated its search and map services to help refugees get the latest information from United Nations resources. It also disabled live traffic and Google Maps occupancy layers in a bid to keep locals safe.
Additionally, Google also revealed that it was trying to help Ukrainian websites stay operational by warding off Russia’s Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
He also blocked RT and Sputnik channels on YouTube.
Netflix denies adding Russian state channels to its platform
CD Projekt Red stops selling its Cyberpunk 2077 video game in Russia and Belarus
Renowned video game developer CD Projekt Red, based in neighboring Poland, has announced that it has halted sales of its video game, Cyberpunk 2077, in Russia and Belarus. This includes sales through its digital and physical distribution networks.
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