Apple and Google Maps square for Russia’s annexation of the Crimea

Apple and Google Maps space for Russia’s annexation of Crimea

“Global” – policy are difficult to navigate normally, but in times of conflict the company, with the aim of an unbiased service, such as a map or a search function, can us page on the one or the other. Apple came straight down, at least in part, on the side of Russia in its controversial annexation of the housed Crimea from the Ukraine, and Google, the Russian interests as well.

The large Peninsula on the North side of the Black sea was brought under Russian control in 2014 during the political unrest there over Crimea’s status within Ukraine. The leaders of the world, lamented the move, saying that Russia had deliberately gives helped instigate the crisis, to take advantage of it, and was in breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty with its military presence.

While the controversy surrounding these events are in progress (in fact, the events themselves are also do not have the luxury of waiting on the history of the decision, things such as updating your maps./p>

Both of them, for example, until recently, sites in the Crimea are labeled as part of the Ukraine. But Russia has made official complaints to the company and warned them that it is to purchase the as a criminal offence, the Crimea as a Russian territory. Now, both companies have made concessions to Russian demands.

Apple, in its maps and the weather app shows locations in the Crimea as part of Russia, if it is considered from this country. The Russian authorities said today that “Apple has fulfilled its obligations and brought the applications on your devices in accordance with the requirements of the Russian legislation.”

When you appear from the US, both Apple and Google, a bit to a neutral stance, if any attitude can be said to be neutral. The Crimean Peninsula appears as neither Russian nor Ukrainian on Apple and Google Maps, with some rather strange gymnastics to reach it.

For example, in Google Maps there is a distinctive border on the North side Division of the Crimea, the Kherson Oblast (Ukrainian province), which are much heavier than the lines between the other provinces. Kherson Oblast-click on the border brings with it a description, and outline to do while in the Crimea, nothing appears. In the cities, and random places, located in the Crimea, it is not a country at all, in the space where there would normally be displayed:

On Apple and Google Maps, there is no border between the Crimea and Russia, where it usually appears, on the Taman Bay. But on one side of the Bay locations prominently labeled in Russian, while on the other hand, you are free of a country.

I asked Google and Apple for comment on when and how you decided on your current cards and will update this post when I hear back. It is very likely that both of them justify this decision with the fact that you need to strictly follow the local laws. But what happens when two sets of local laws vary, in the same place?

My point here is not the party to take in favour of or against each of these representations, but to show that companies like Apple and Google, under pressure to act, when it comes to these situations, and your information is not complete or binding. In this case, we see that they have different results for different places, the concessions of some governments, despite international concern and the reduction of some services to a non-functional state (comparatively), in order to avoid controversy.

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Just something in my eye, when nothing is information about the services of global companies — they are not objective sources, even if, of course, well.

Released on Wed, 27 Nov 2019 21:44:26 +0000

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