10 October, 2021

I Bet Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Is Glad Apple and Google Weren't a Thing When He Was a Political Prisoner

Supporters of the imprisoned de-facto Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have accused Google and Apple of political censorship for deleting his tactical voting app, after caving to pressure from the government. The Russian government threatened to take action if the app was not deleted.

In the days leading up to the parliamentary elections, the Russian government pressured Apple and Google to remove the Navalny Smart Voting initiative app, which focuses on convincing people to vote for opponents of the ruling party. The government accused the tech giants of election interference.

Well, it’s Russia, so what can you expect? But two American companies had no trouble giving in to this demand and trampling all over freedom of speech. That’s pathetic.

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