Google confirmed on Sunday it has temporarily disabled for Ukraine some Google Maps tools which provide live information about traffic conditions and how busy different places are.
The company said it had taken the action of globally disabling the Google Maps traffic layer and live information on how busy places like stores and restaurants are in Ukraine for the safety of local communities in the country, after consulting with sources including regional authorities.
Big tech companies including Google have said they are taking new measures to protect users’ security in the region.
Online services and social media sites have also been tapped by researchers piecing together activity around the war.
Traffic updates are still available in Ukraine while using Google Maps’ navigation mode, Google said.