A rising number of digital businesses are discontinuing business with Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, ranging from social media behemoths to video game publishers. Here’s a rundown of what the major tech corporations have said thus far. The list will be updated on a regular basis as it grows.
Microsoft announced on Friday that it would stop selling its products and services in Russia due to the country’s “unjustified, unprovoked, and unlawful invasion” of Ukraine. The software behemoth has promised to assist Ukraine in defending itself against Russian intrusions. Microsoft announced earlier this week that it would no longer display content from Russia’s state-run media channels RT and Sputnik, that it would de-rank their search results on Bing, and that it would end any advertising partnerships with them.
After stopping accepting new users in Russia earlier this week, the online payments company shut down its services in Russia on Saturday. PayPal will continue to execute customer withdrawals “for a period of time, ensuring that account balances are disbursed in accordance with applicable rules and regulations,” a company spokeswoman told Euronews Next. The firm refused to provide a particular deadline.
EA and Activision Blizzard
Both video game firms have announced that their games and material would no longer be sold in Russia. This includes games, add-on content, and virtual currency packages for Electronic Arts (EA), which owns the FIFA series and will no longer be available in Belarus.
Apple has halted all physical product sales in Russia, limited Russian access to digital services such as Apple Pay, and removed RT News and Sputnik from its App Store outside of the country. In Ukraine, Apple Maps’ traffic and live incident services were disabled “as a safety and precautionary step for Ukrainian people,” amid fears that Russia could use these technologies to target specific regions.
The Alphabet-owned company has banned Russian state media outlets from running ads on its platforms, blocked mobile apps connected to media outlets RT and Sputnik from its Play store, removed the publishers from Google News and banned them from YouTube across Europe.
Like Apple, the company has disabled some live traffic and incident features from Google Maps in Ukraine. Its Search and Maps tools in the country now also point to United Nations resources for refugees and asylum seekers. In Russia, most of its services – such as Search, Maps and YouTube – remain available, “continuing to provide access to global information and perspectives” to people there, Google said.
Meta (Facebook and Instagram)
On Monday, Meta stated that RT and Sputnik’s Facebook sites and Instagram accounts will no longer be accessible within the European Union. In retaliation for what it called “discrimination” against Russian state media, Russia’s national telecommunications regulator blocked access to Facebook in the country on Friday.
In Europe, Twitter has also deactivated the accounts of RT and Sputnik, in accordance with an EU ban on the Kremlin-backed news organizations that took effect on Wednesday. These two Twitter accounts are now blocked in all 27 member nations of the EU. Instead, a notice with the words “account withheld” appears. Both state-run media institutions have been accused by the EU of propagating harmful disinformation on social media.
In Russia, the Chinese-owned video app has halted new video uploads and livestreams, citing concerns over the country’s new anti-fake-news law. TikTok, like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, has blocked access to RT and Sputnik in the European Union.
Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has halted all advertising in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, and has announced that it would no longer take money from Russian state-owned organizations. In addition, the corporation has committed $15 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. In a statement, it stated, “We stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian team members and the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and independence.”
Booking and Airbnb
Both the internet travel agency and the home rental company have stopped doing business in Russia. Airbnb is now waiving guest and host fees on all bookings in Ukraine, and hundreds of individuals who have no intentions to visit are using the platform to donate money and messages of solidarity to the country’s embattled residents.
Netflix is supposedly no longer available in Russia. According to Variety, the streaming service halted all potential Russian projects and acquisitions earlier this week, and four original shows were put on hold indefinitely. Netflix could not be reached for comment right away.
Over what it dubbed Moscow’s “unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” the audio streaming giant has suspended its Russian office indefinitely and pulled all content from Russian state-owned media channels RT and Sputnik.
The Finnish network equipment company announced on Tuesday that it would halt exports to Russia in order to comply with the country’s sanctions. In Russia, Nokia typically supplies MTS, Vimpelcom, Megafon, and Tele2. A Nokia spokeswoman told Euronews Next, “Our position is that the safety of our employees is important. “In Ukraine, we have some industry in the west of the country, close to the Hungarian border. We’re keeping a close eye on the situation and have prepared contingency plans in case anything goes wrong.”
In addition, the Swedish telecom giant has decided to halt all deliveries to Russian customers while it assesses the situation in Ukraine. “We are quite concerned about the situation in Ukraine and are keeping a careful eye on events.”
Our top responsibility is to keep our people safe there. In what is a very volatile scenario, we are also in continuous communication with our customers to ensure operational contingencies,” a spokeswoman told Euronews Next.
After Ukrainian vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov urged on the company to stop doing business in Russia “until the issue is resolved,” Oracle tweeted on Wednesday that it had “already suspended all operations” in Russia.
SAP, Oracle’s German rival, has likewise announced that all sales of its goods and services in Russia will be halted. “Like the rest of the world, we are watching the violence in Ukraine with horror and strongly oppose the invasion,” the corporation wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.