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Big tech unite

Tech giants Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Meta (NASDAQ: FB), Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), Airbnb (NASDAQ: ABNB) are responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the ways that they can.

How so?

Google removed several Google Maps features such as live traffic & how busy stores are in Ukraine to protect citizens. Google’s YouTube prevented Russian companies from monetizing the videos they post, including state-owned news outlet RT.

Meta’s Facebook said it removed a network run by people in Russia & Ukraine claiming to be independent news outlets & publishing content aiming to divide Western countries & Ukraine.

Twitter will add labels on tweets from Russian media outlets & reduce their visibility on the platform. The social media platform said the vast majority of such tweets are coming from people retweeting & sharing these links, & so the label will be automatically put on any Russian media outlet URL.

Airbnb announced it’s offering free short-term housing for up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, & is calling on its hosts to support this effort.

Why this matters

Big tech companies have faced increasing pressure to do their part to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Elon Musk’s Starlink already lent a helping hand to Ukraine recently, while Ukraine has urged Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook to disable Apple products & services from Russia, including the App Store.