Russia-Ukraine conflict: How tech companies are helping people in conflict

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It’s been almost a week since Russia first invaded neighboring Ukraine. Over time, the country has intensified its attacks on the country and has now taken control of Kherson, the first major city to fall in the midst of the conflict. Since the attack began, more than a million Ukrainians have moved to neighboring countries, including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and northern Romania. Governments of neighboring countries have set up tents to provide medical aid and food to the refugees. On the other hand, tech companies have started pulling out of Russia and banned their state-sponsored media channels to disrupt the Russian agenda and cut Russia off economically.

Here is a comprehensive list of what tech companies are doing to help people in Ukraine.

Oracle and SAP

Oracle Corp has suspended all its operations in Russia. It’s rival SAP SE has also announced that it will halt all sales in the country following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. “We are stopping trade in Russia with sanctions and, in addition, stopping all sales of SAP services and products in Russia… We have allocated an initial 1 million euros in humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine and the National Red Cross organizations, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and other organizations to offer our technology to support their efforts,” SAP wrote in its blog post.

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Similarly, Amazon CEO Andy Jesse has promised logistics support to the government in Ukraine. Amazon Lead has said that the company will provide its logistics capability to help governments and companies in Ukraine get supplies and cybersecurity expertise to those in need.

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Spotify

Spotify has said that it has closed its office in Russia indefinitely in response to the attack on Ukraine. The company has also restricted the search capability of shows owned and operated by Russian media and removed all content from Russian state media RT and Sputnik from nearly all markets around the world except Russia. Additionally, the company has said it will match employee donations, two-to-one, to support local humanitarian efforts.

paypal

PayPal has stopped accepting new users in Russia. “Since this crisis began, PayPal has actively worked to enable donations to non-profit fundraising efforts in support of Ukraine’s humanitarian relief efforts,” PayPal said in a statement to Reuters.

Binance

Similarly, cryptocurrency exchange Binance has said that cardholders of approved Russian banks will not be able to use them on its platform. Reuters reported that it also restricted access to approved individuals.

Netflix

According to Reuters, Netflix has temporarily halted all future projects and acquisitions in Russia. In addition, the company has put on hold its plans to add state-run channels to its Russian service.

Apple

Apple has banned the sale of all its products in Russia. The company has also restricted services like Apple Pay in the country. “I am deeply concerned by the situation in Ukraine. We are doing everything possible for our teams there and will support local humanitarian efforts,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a tweet.

Cook has also urged the company’s employees to donate for relief work in the country. In a letter to Apple employees, Cook said the company would manage their donations at a 2:1 rate. You can read his letter here.

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airbnb

Airbnb has announced that it will provide free temporary housing to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. Additionally, it is urging people to donate to support relief work in Ukraine.

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Microsoft

Microsoft is working with the European Union, the US government, NATO and the United Nations to warn the Ukrainian government about cyberattacks from Russia. The company is also working on protecting people from the Russian propaganda campaign. “We are also focused as a company to protect against state-sponsored propaganda campaigns that have long become common in times of war,” Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

Nokia

Nokia has stopped deliveries in Russia due to restrictions imposed on the country.

Google Map

Google has announced that it has temporarily disabled a set of Google Maps features to prevent the Russian military from identifying areas where Ukrainian citizens are taking refuge.

Google

Google is also donating money to relief work in Ukraine. Google wrote in a blog post, “Google.org and Google employees are contributing $15 million to aid relief efforts in Ukraine, including $5 million so far from our Employee Match campaign and $5 million in direct grants.” Huh.”

Google has also launched an SOS alert on search across Ukraine. “When people search for refugee and evacuation information, they will see an alert pointing to UN resources for refugees and asylum seekers,” the company said.
Google has also restricted access to Google Pay in Russia.

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Alphabet Inc. also announced that it has blocked RT and Sputnik-linked YouTube channels across Europe. It has also stopped the monetization of Russian state-funded media on all of its platforms. Additionally, it has limited recommendations on a global scale to several Russian state-funded media outlets on its platforms.

SpaceX and Tesla

SpaceX has delivered Starlink satellite internet terminals to help restore internet in Ukraine. Additionally, Tesla has said that its Supercharging public stations will be free for Tesla owners to areas bordering Ukraine to reduce transportation costs.

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Twitter

Twitter has said it will add the label to all tweets from media websites affiliated with the Russian state. The company also announced that it would reduce the dissemination of content from state-affiliated media on the platform. Additionally, the company has restricted its service to certain users in Russia.

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Facebook’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, has said that Facebook has banned Russian state media from running ads and monetizing content on the platform. The company has also announced that it will restrict access to RT and Sputnik in the European Union. Additionally, Instagram is fully encrypting all DMs on its platform in Ukraine to make conversations secure.

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