Russian politician, lawyer and anti-corruption activistGoogle and Apple have removed an app developed by Russian activists supporting jailed Kremlin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the Russian versions of their app stores,his team said Friday
, after Russia accused the American technology companies of election interference.The tactical voting app allows voters who do not want President Vladamir Putin’s ruling political party, United Russia, to win the electionto organize around a single opposition candidate
in each of the 225 electoral districts in an effort to boost the number of non-Kremlin-approved politicians in power.“Removing the Navalny app from stores is a shameful act of political censorship,” said Ivan Zhdanov, a Navalny ally, in a. “Russia’s authoritarian government and propaganda will be thrilled.” headtopics.com
Apple and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Image: The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's Smart Voting app (Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters)Big Tech companies have come under intense pressure from the Russian government to take down content deemed illegal in the run-up to parliamentary and local elections that run Friday through Sunday.
Since mid-August, Russia’s federal censorship agency Roskomnadzor has threatened Apple and Google with fines if they didn’t remove Navalny’s tactical voting app from the App Store and Google Play store. In notices sent to the technology companies, the censorship body stated that any involvement in the activities of an
extremist organization is considered a felony.Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation nonprofit, along with his movement’s headquarters, were categorized by the Russian government as extremist organizations since May, as previously reported by theRussian news agency TASS
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So Google and Apple crawl in bed with Putin. Guess we know who's side they're on. seems like something Biden would do
Kremlin foes accuse Google and Apple of bowing to censorshipOpposition activists in Russia accused Google and Apple of caving in to Kremlin pressure after they removed an anti-government tactical voting app , devised by allies of Alexei Navalny , from their stores on the first day of a parliamentary election
Apple, Google removing Russia election voting app shows Kremlin is afraid–Navalny aideThe team of opposition politician Alexei Navalny has accused the tech giants of censorship for the removal of the 'smart voting' app.
Google And Apple Take Down Putin-Rival Navalny’s App Ahead Of Russian Elections Alexei Navalny ’s supporters have termed the removal of the app as an act of political censorship . The Russian state isn't subordinate to Google and Apple, to the shock of the West. This does make you think & ask questions Anything for the motherland of propaganda.
Apple and Google remove anti-Putin voting app on day of Russia electionAn aide to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said the tactical voting tool was removed on Friday, as Russia 's three-day parliamentary election begins.
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Apple hit by second NLRB charge for retaliation against Ashley GjøvikBusiness Insider tells the global tech, finance, markets, media, healthcare, and strategy stories you want to know. What a shame ooh not a good look there for the tim_cook team .. more and more quality press coverage to out their oppressive and 1984 style behaviour..if only ijustine MKBHD the nerve to tackle this type of stuff and then force real large scale media interest..