Ukraine: The tech world is mobilized against Russia’s invasion

Posted on February 27, 2022 4:00 pm

As economic sanctions on Russia continue to decline, several tech companies are implementing their own steps to isolate the country. Overview.

Tech giant blocks Russian media

Access to Facebook and Twitter is restricted in Russia, so two social networks support it. Facebook’s parent company, Meta, is currently banning Russian state media from advertising and monetizing content on platforms around the world. The same initiative on Google’s side prevents RTs and other TV channels from earning money from advertising on their websites, applications and Youtube videos. “We are actively monitoring new developments and will take further action as needed,” a Google spokeswoman told Axios, a professional media outlet.

Twitter, which banned ads from Russian state media in 2019, has temporarily suspended all ads in Ukraine and Russia. Even if the majority of the media is heavily dependent on Google and Facebook, it’s difficult to know the scope of this measure. In the past, tech giants have already restricted advertising for weeks, especially during the 2020 US presidential election.

Apple has no shock protection so far. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikairo Fedorov has sent a letter to Apple boss Tim Cook asking him to stop selling products in Russia and block access to Russian app stores. Apple’s company hasn’t responded yet. There is no Apple store in Russia, but you can buy items on the American giant’s site.

The fight against false alarms is accelerating

There are fake videos and doctors’ testimonies in the flood of information about the Russian invasion. To combat this disinformation, social networks have launched a series of measures. Twitter has suspended the recommendation of tweets from people that users are not following. Social networks also indicate in tweets that they “actively review tweets for platform operation” and take “action” against them.

Twitter monitors the accounts of journalists, government officials, activists, and other media outlets to prevent “targeted acquisitions and operations.” Microblogging sites specifically recall the steps to be taken to avoid geopositional data leakage by publishing on social networks.

Facebook has released a tool for Ukrainian users to instantly lock their accounts. This prevents unpaired users from seeing their profile information. This measure had already been implemented in Afghanistan after the Taliban was hijacked.

The two social networks block content and accounts that disseminate false information, but this moderation has its drawbacks. According to an internal document confirmed by The Intercept, Facebook chooses to allow speeches in support of the ultranational Ukrainian militia Azov Battalion only if the comments describe military action against the Russian army. Did. The armed group, accused of being a neo-Nazi, was banned from social networks in 2019.

Elon Musk activates his satellite internet service Starlink in Ukraine

As soon as you tweet, as soon as you’re done. Elon Musk said on Twitter that he launched his satellite Internet access service, Starlink, in Ukraine and sent the equipment there. This action follows a tweet by Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Fedorov. “Elon Musk, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine while trying to colonize Mars! Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civilians while your rocket successfully lands from space. We are pleased to provide the Starlink Station to Ukraine and be awake to the sane Russians. »»

Starlink is a satellite network owned by SpaceX, another company created by Elon Musk in the 2000s. This service provides Internet access anywhere in the world, especially in areas with little or no ground infrastructure. He will be welcomed in Ukraine, which has recently been the subject of an internet shutdown, especially in the east and south of the country. However, as pointed out by the specialized site Numerama, the operation of Starlink in Ukraine is not certain. “How do you get a connection kit to your country?” […] And what about ground stations that remain essential for connecting satellites to Internet networks? […] ?? »»

Anonymous in cyber warfare with Russia

Anonymous chose their camp. A group of infamous hackers has declared a cyber war against Russia. First Victim: The RT site went down, but only a few hours later it was back online. Several government sites have been attacked, including the Kremlin site, and are still offline at the time of this release. “Anonymous is working permanently to keep the government site offline and disseminate information to the Russian people without being exposed to Putin’s censorship agency,” Collective said on Twitter.

Hackers also intercepted military communications and leaked a database on the Russian Ministry of Defense website. A Russian public television channel has been hacked to broadcast a video about the current situation in Ukraine.

Anonymous Collective regularly participates in world events. For example, he attacked Islamic State and members of Donald Trump.