“We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services” - Apple reacted to scandal with illegally annexed Crimea | QHA media
02 December 2019, 12:23

“We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services” - Apple reacted to scandal with illegally annexed Crimea

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Apple will review its policy on determining the status of disputed territories after a scandal erupted over the Crimean Peninsula illegally annexed by Russia.

Spokeswoman of the company Trudy Muller told Reuters about the Apple’s line.

“We review international law as well as relevant U.S. and other domestic laws before making a determination in labeling on our Maps and make changes if required by law. We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result,” Muller said.

A company spokeswoman also explained that Apple had not made any changes to its maps outside of Russia and made changes for Russian users due to a new law that came into force in that country.

It turned out earlier that the territory of Crimea is displayed on the company’s products as part of Russia. Each user of Apple products, entering the “Maps” application and choosing the Crimea peninsula or one of its cities on a map, will see that this region is marked as Russian.

In turn, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadim Priestayko criticized the American company Apple. He advised the company to focus on high technology and entertainment, because global politics, according to Priestayko, is not its strong point.

Former Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin urged Ukrainians to abandon Apple products in connection with the company’s decision to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.