Apple and Google have now joined the global stand against Russia’s act of war on Ukraine. Apple has reportedly paused all product sales in Russia while Alphabet’s Google has removed Russian state-funded publishers from its news-related features.
In a statement released by Apple, it expressed its concern about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and went on to say that it “stands with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence”.
Apple also stated, “We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.”
When listing the number of actions that were taken in response to the invasion, Apple said that it paused all exports into its sales channels in the country and, along with Apple Pay, other services were limited. Apple store no longer allows the Russian state media, RT News and Sputnik News to be downloaded outside of Russia as they are now unavailable.
Additionally, while users in Russia were still able to access Apple’s online store Tuesday, when they tried to purchase an iPhone it showed that the product was not available for delivery.
Similarly, Google also announced that it removed Russian state-funded publishers from its news-related features, which included the Google News search tool.
Google’s president of global affairs, Kent Walker stated in a post that during this “extraordinary crisis” they will be taking “extraordinary measures to stop the spread of misinformation and disrupt disinformation campaigns online”.
Reportedly, Google has banned news companies that were funded by the Russian government from accessing advertising tools and other features on Youtube.
According to RT Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anna, the technology companies that have cut her outlet’s distribution could not provide any evidence all of the content published by RT up-to-date were false. She continued by saying, “This collective ‘establishment’ seems to be terrified of a mere presence of any outside voice for the fear of losing their historically captive audience, if that audience encounters a different perspective.”