Google’s map services for Ukraine, which give real-time traffic statistics and how busy particular locations are, have been deactivated.
After speaking with sources including regional authorities, the business said it has taken the move of worldwide blocking the Google Maps traffic layer and live information on how popular areas like stores and restaurants are in Ukraine, according to a Reuters report.
Russian armies entered Ukraine on Thursday, and the nation is now under attack. Nearly 400,000 citizens, including women and children, have fled to neighboring nations as missiles landed on Ukrainian cities.
Google and other major internet giants have announced additional steps to protect customers’ security in the region.
Researchers who are putting together activities around the battle have also used online services and social media sites.
Drivers will be able to use the capabilities for local turn-by-turn navigation, but worldwide access will be disabled.
“Back in the day,” scholar Jeffrey Lewis told The Washington Post, “we would have relied on a reporter to show us what was going on on the ground.” “And now, you can watch people fleeing Kyiv on Google Maps.”
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Alphabet’s action appears to be motivated by fears that the information may be used by the Russian military to track the movement of Ukrainian troops.
The company hasn’t provided any details on the incident, such as when the switch was flicked or whether it’s taken similar action in the past during prior worldwide crises.
Ukrainians have taken a more traditional approach to the situation.
In a move to mislead Russian soldiers, the government’s road agency, Ukravtodor, began removing road markers.
On Saturday, it posted on social media, “Let’s assist them to get directly to hell.” “Ukravtodor urges all road organizations, territorial communities, and municipal governments to begin removing neighboring road signage as soon as possible.”
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