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  • Google maps recorded Russia's Invasion of Ukraine before it officially began
  • Google temporarily disables Google Maps live traffic data in Ukraine

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Big tech companies including Google have said they are taking new measures to protect users' security in the region.

Alphabet Inc’s Google, which has been providing live information about traffic conditions and how busy different places are in Ukraine due to the on-going Russia-Ukraine conflict, has announced that it has temporarily disabled the service.

According to reports, company has 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.

Also watch: Russia-Ukraine War: Information warfare begins, focus moves to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

Russia's invasion of Ukraine that began last week was captured by Google Maps, and led to nearly 400,000 civilians, mainly women and children fled into neighbouring countries.

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.

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