What Google, Intel, Visa, Facebook and others have done
In the situation of Russia’s open aggression against Ukraine, the world’s business giants do not stand aside. Global companies express intentions to help. dev.ua collected everything that Google, Intel, Visa, Facebook and others have done.
Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google barred on Saturday Russia’s state-owned media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites, apps and YouTube videos, similar to a move by Facebook after the invasion of Ukraine. Reported by Reuters.
Citing “extraordinary circumstances,” Google’s YouTube unit said it was “pausing a number of channels’ ability to monetize on YouTube.” These included several Russian channels affiliated with recent sanctions, such as those by the European Union.
“We are actively monitoring new developments and will take further steps as necessary,” Google spokesman Michael Aciman said.
Now Russian state media cannot buy ads on the company’s services, such as the Google search engine and Gmail.
On Saturday, February 26, YouTube announced that it was suspending the possibility of monetizing Russian channels on the video platform.
In light of the extraordinary circumstances in Ukraine… we are suspending the monetization of a number of YouTube channels, including several Russian channels associated with recent sanctions
This applies to advertising for several channels, including the state channel RT.
Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko also took to Twitter with a request to block channels whose advertising revenues have been suspended in Ukraine.
These channels are no longer available at this time.
Meta’s head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, noted on Feb. 25 that the company “now prohibits Russian state media from advertising or monetizing on our platform anywhere in the world.”
In addition, Meta has added a feature whereby people with profiles in Ukraine can prevent those not on their Friends list from uploading and sharing their profile photos or reviewing their posts.
Additional security measures are also being taken for the Messenger app and the WhatsApp platform that install or extend existing message disappearance capabilities.
About Instagram, Gleicher said Ukraine is rolling out a privacy and account security alert related to password security and two-factor authentication.
Earlier, at the request of the head of the Ministry of Digital Development Mikhail Fedorov, tags appeared on Instagram for resources that are controlled by the Russian authorities.
Earlier this week, Meta set up an operations center with experts from across the company, including native Russian and Ukrainian speakers, monitoring and responding to issues.
The resource has blocked the ability to register accounts in Russia.
The Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mikhail Fedorov, addressed on Twitter before Elon Musk with a request to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and access to satellite Internet.
To this, the American businessman replied that Starlink terminals were going to Ukraine.
Intel and AMD
The largest US processor manufacturers, Intel and AMD will suspend the supply of their products to Russia. This can lead to a shortage of servers and increased cost.
AMD and Intel have suspended deliveries of their products to Russia. The relevant information was posted by time.news with reference to RBC.
The corresponding document “in response to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine” will come into force on March 3 this year. US companies will have to obtain licenses from US authorities to export BIS-controlled products to Russia. This applies to electronics, computers, avionics, aerospace components, etc. The ban will apply to the supply of high-tech American-made goods and to all goods that use American technology. The US is expected to approve exports only in exceptional cases.
At the same time, for “consumer communication devices” – personal computers, modems, mobile phones and digital cameras – the US Department of Commerce made an exception, these devices can be freely supplied to Russia for use by individuals. In addition to Russian authorities, the list includes officials, including the president, prime minister, deputy prime ministers, federal ministers, State Duma deputies and members of the Federation Council, editors-in-chief and deputy chief editors of state media.
Representatives of Aquarius, GS Group, MCST, developer of Elbrus processors, Baikal Electronics, develop processors of the same name, IVA Technologies and Yandex declined to comment. According to them, RBC sent a request to the SPC Elvis, Module STC, KNS Group, which produces servers under the Yadro brand, MTS, Sberbank, and Huawei, Honor, HP several other foreign electronics manufacturers. A response is expected.
On Friday, February 25, Kommersant, citing a government source, wrote that Russian microelectronics developers received a message from TSMC that the US authorities are demanding that the company stop working with Russian contractors. Reuters later reported that TSMC had pledged to comply with the new export control regulations fully. In response to a question from RBC about whether this means that TSMC will not supply products to Russian companies, a representative of the vendor said that they “do not comment on market speculation and rumors.”
Biden called sanctions an alternative to a “third world war.”
Visa and MasterCard
Cards of banks subject to sanctions will not work worldwide and in foreign online stores
Sub-sanctioned Russian banks:
On the territory of Russia, they will continue to work as before.
Mastercard also notified several credit institutions under US sanctions to terminate their participation in the system.
The EU countries confirmed their agreement to disconnect the Russian Federation from the SWIFT interbank system. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Kuleba.
But a complete shutdown will not happen. According to European Truth, the G7 did not agree to this and limited itself to only a partial SWIFT punishment.