Apple accused of 'appeasement' for listing Crimea as Russian territory on its apps

  29 November 2019    Read: 1411
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Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation Garry Kasparov calls the decision an "unacceptable appeasement".

Apple has been condemned for listing Crimea as part of Russian territory in its mapping and weather apps.

The region was controversially annexed by Russia in 2014 but is still recognised by the majority of nations as part of Ukraine.

When viewed from Russia, the peninsula is now shown as Russian territory on Apple Maps and the Weather app.

It also categorises Crimea as part of Russia when users search in the Apple Weather app.

The change was confirmed by the Russian parliament's lower house, which wrote in a statement that the former "inaccuracy" had been "finally removed" and the apps were now complying with Russian law.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko blasted the decision, telling Apple to "stick to high-tech and entertainment".

"Global politics is not your strong side," he added.

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