DJI Technology Co temporarily suspends business in Russia and Ukraine to ensure that no one uses their drones in combat. The company denies allegations of leaking data on the Ukrainian military to Russia.
Findings by social media researchers suggests that TikTok allowed a network of Russian accounts posting pro-invasion content to keep operating and that there was manipulation of the information ecosystem on the platform.
Human Rights Watch releases a Q&A document explaining the human rights responsibilities of technology companies in crises and calling on social media and messaging services companies to do more to meet their human rights responsibilities in Ukraine.
Technology companies have faced increasing pressure and intimidation in Russia to censor critical content or comply with demands. This includes an app designed to help Russians register protest votes against Putin being taken down after intimidation.
Since 24 February 2022, the international community has watched the crisis in Ukraine escalate into war. In the midst of this crisis, the tech sector finds itself as a player in the conflict, caught between government & regulatory demands to limit or restrict services & growing pressure from the public and civil society to take urgent action to prevent human rights harms. AccessNow offers some recommendations.
Google bars Russia's state-owned media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites, apps and YouTube videos, similar to action by Facebook after the invasion of Ukraine.
Civil society groups are increasingly concerned about the possibility of direct attacks on the Ukraine's internet infrastructure and negative implications for freedom of expression and access to information.
Access Now recommends that social media platforms and other technology firms make investments to prevent the spread of disinformation campaigns designed to escalate tensions in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and efrain from using misinformation as a justification to restrict access.