Which tech companies are cutting ties with Russia because of its war in Ukraine?
From social media giants to video game publishers, a growing number of tech companies are halting business with Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Here’s a look at what the major tech companies have announced so far. The list is growing and will be regularly updated.
Microsoft said friday it was suspending all sales of its products and services to Russia due to what it described as the “unwarranted, unprovoked and illegal invasion” of Ukraine. The software giant has also pledged to help defend Ukraine against Russian cyberattacks.
Earlier in the weekMicrosoft said it would not display any content from Russian state-backed media RT and Sputnik, downgrade their search results on Bing, and end all advertising deals with them.
The online payment company shut down its services in Russia on Saturday after it stopped accepting new users in Russia earlier in the week.
A company spokesperson told Euronews Next that PayPal will continue to process customer withdrawals “for a period of time, ensuring that account balances are distributed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations”. The company would not give a specific time frame.
EA and Activision Blizzard
Both video game companies have announced that they will no longer sell their games and content in Russia.
For Electronic Arts (EA), owner of the FIFA franchise, this includes games, add-on content and virtual currency packswhich will no longer be available in Belarus either.
Apple has suspended all sales of its physical products in Russia, restricted Russian access to digital services including Apple Pay, and blocked RT News and Sputnik from its App Store outside Russia.
In Ukraine, the company also disabled live traffic and incident features in its Apple Maps “as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens”, fearing that Russia could target specific locations using these tools.
The Alphabet-owned company has banned Russian state media from running ads on its platforms, blocked mobile apps connected to RT and Sputnik media from its Play Store, removed publishers from Google News and banned them from YouTube across the board. Europe.
Like Apple, the company has disabled some Google Maps Live Traffic and Incidents features in Ukraine. Its in-country search and map tools now also point to UN resources for refugees and asylum seekers.
In Russia, most of its services – such as Search, Maps and YouTube – remain available, “continuing to provide access to global information and insights” to people there. google said.
Meta (Facebook and Instagram)
Meta announced on Monday that Facebook pages and Instagram accounts belonging to RT and Sputnik would no longer be accessible within the European Union.
On Friday, Russia’s national telecommunications regulator retaliated by blocking access to Facebook in the country, in response to what it called “discrimination” against Russian state media.
Twitter also removed RT and Sputnik accounts in Europe, in line with an EU ban on Kremlin-backed news outlets that came into effect on Wednesday.
These two Twitter accounts are now inaccessible in the bloc’s 27 member states.
Instead, a message appears saying “account held”. The EU accused the two state media of spread harmful misinformation through social networks.
The Chinese-owned video app is suspending new video uploads and live streams in Russia, citing concerns about the country’s situation. new law cracking down on so-called “fake news”.
Like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, TikTok has also blocked access to RT and Sputnik in the EU.
Snapchat’s parent company, Snap, has ceased all advertising in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, and says it no longer accepts revenue from Russian public entities.
The company also pledged $15 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
“We stand in solidarity with the members of our Ukrainian team and with the Ukrainian people who are fighting for their lives and their freedom,” he added. said in a press release.
Booking and Airbnb
The online travel agency and home rental company have both halted operations in Russia.
Airbnb is now also waiving guest and host fees on all bookings in Ukraine, and thousands of people who have no intention of visiting are using the platform to send money to beleaguered locals, as well as messages of support.
Netflix is now said to have shut down its service in Russia.
Depending on the varietythe streaming service had earlier in the week suspended all future Russian projects and acquisitions, and four original series had been suspended indefinitely.
Netflix could not immediately be reached for comment.
The audio streaming giant closed its Russian office indefinitely and removed all content from Russian state media RT and Sputnik, following what it called Moscow’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine”.
The Finnish equipment manufacturer announced on Tuesday that it would stop deliveries to Russia to comply with sanctions imposed on the country. Nokia normally supplies MTS, Vimpelcom, Megafon and Tele2 in Russia.
“Our view is that the safety of our employees is paramount,” a Nokia spokesperson told Euronews Next.
“We have some manufacturing in Ukraine in the west of the country, also very close to the Hungarian border. We are actively monitoring the situation and have contingency plans already in place to be used if needed.”
The Swedish telecom giant has also decided to suspend all deliveries to customers in Russia while it reviews the situation in Ukraine.
“We are deeply concerned about the situation in Ukraine and are closely monitoring developments. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our personnel there. We are also in regular contact with our customers to ensure operational contingencies in a very dynamic situation. a spokesperson told Euronews Next.
Enterprise software giant Oracle tweeted on Wednesday that it had “already suspended all operations” in Russia after Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on the company to stop doing business in Russia “until until the conflict is resolved”.
Oracle’s German rival SAP has also announced that it will halt all sales of its products and services in Russia.
“Like the rest of the world, we watch the war in Ukraine in horror and condemn the invasion in the strongest possible terms,” the company said. said in a blog post on Wednesday.