Updated: Apple Maps and Weather now show Crimea as part of Russia

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Update: December 9th- European Parliament Weights In

Reported first by Patently Apple, members of the European Parliament have sent Apple letters calling them to rethink their decision.

It was reported today on Ukrainian news channel 11.UA that more than a dozen Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sent letters to the office of the American company Apple demanding to correct incorrect information about Crimea, which was indicated in the Apple Maps and Weather applications as the territory of the Russian Federation. Representative of Ukraine to the EU, ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Mykola Tochitsky announced it on Twitter.

Apple’s troubling decision to adhere to Russian geopolitical pressure rather than acknowledge the humanity of those suffering must be challenged.

We are heartened by the rapid measures taken by Apple after initial reporting of the matter, but there is still more to be done […] We rely on you to restore correct mentioning of Crimea as part of Ukraine in Apple Maps and Weather apps at the earliest possible time.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Russia and to the European Union also weighed in on Twitter saying,

Update: November 30th- Apple Responds to Backlash

Apple has responded to the public backlash after it started to label parts of Crimea as Russian land on Apple Maps and Weather, saying it will “take a deeper look” at how disputed borders are handled and labeled across its platform.

An Apple spokesperson says that Apple follows international and domestic laws, further notes the change in regards to Crimea is only visible within Russia and is not global.

“We review international law as well as relevant US and other domestic laws before making a determination in labelling on our Maps and make changes if required by law.”

“Our intention is to make sure our customers can enjoy using Maps and other Apple services, everywhere in the world.”

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Update: November 28th, 2019- Ukraine Responds

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister has responded to Apple’s decision via Tweets, it’s worth noting that these Tweets were sent from an Android device.

In a stunning move for the company, Apple has complied with the demands of the Russian government and now shows Crimea as part of Russian territory in Apple Maps and Weather.

After is annexation in 2014, Apple has declined to comply with the request until now, the BBC reports:

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The State Duma, the Russian parliament’s lower house, said in a statement: “Crimea and Sevastopol now appear on Apple devices as Russian territory.”

Russia treats the naval port city of Sevastopol as a separate region.

Apple had been in talks with Russia for several months over what the State Duma described as “inaccuracy” in the way Crimea was labelled.

The tech giant originally suggested it could show Crimea as undefined territory – part of neither Russia nor Ukraine.

But Vasily Piskaryov, chairman of the Duma security and anti-corruption committee, said Apple had complied with the Russian Constitution.

He said Russia was open to “dialogue and constructive co-operation with foreign companies”.

BBC notes that Apple has yet to comment, and further notes that Google does not list Crimea as a part of Russia, but does opt to use the Russian spelling instead of the Ukrainian spelling.

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