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Apple, Google under pressure

  • Scitech Report
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Apple, Google under pressure

Tech giants Apple and Google have removed an app meant to coordinate protest voting in this weekend’s Russian elections from the country Friday.

The decisions came after Russian authorities, who claim the app is illegal, threatened to prosecute employees of Apple and Google —to rein in the country’s largely uncensored internet.

A person familiar with Google’s decision told New York Times that authorities had named individuals who would face prosecution, prompting to remove the app.

The person declined to be identified for fear of angering Russian government. Google has over 100 employees in the country. Apple did not respond to calls, emails seeking comment.

The app was created and promoted by allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who were hoping to use it to consolidate the protest vote in electoral districts.