Apple’s Weather and Maps apps now show Crimea as a territory in Russia when seen from inside the nation. As per the media, the firm was stressed by the State Duma to act so, and had initially recommended showing Crimea as an “open-ended territory”. On the other hand, Apple lastly caved to the demands of Russian officials, as per chairman of the Duma anti-corruption and security committee, Vasily Piskaryov. Contrary to Apple’s Weather and Maps apps, Google Maps displays Crimea as belonging to neither Russia nor Ukraine.
Russia compulsorily seized the Crimean cape in 2014 from Ukraine. The nation faced severe and immediate backlash from the global community, as the invasion contradicted various long standing deals between the two countries. The G8 banned the imposed sanctions on the nations and membership of Russia as punishment. Since then, Russia has been meticulous about showing Crimea as its personal territory.
Previous month, Apple got caught into another sensitive topic by hiding emoji of Taiwan flag from consumers in Macau and Hong Kong. The firm apparently complied with China’s effort to eliminate any sovereignty symbols associated to the territories it states to control. The firm also eliminated a protest app of Hong Kong from the App Store. Apple had earlier concealed Hong Kong singers in response to current anti-China protests by Hong Kong from its music streaming platform. The firm also eliminated VPN apps from its Chinese edition of the App Store, making it hard for Apple consumers to get past the Chinese Great Firewall.
That is a lot of dubious decisions on Apple’s end. The firm places a big value on China, both due to its supply chain in the nation and its huge user base, so the firm has a clear financial incentive to soothe its government.
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