Gossips

Google says it won’t remove Saudi government app that lets men track and monitor their wives and domestic employees

Absher is a kind of Saudi equivalent to China’s Weibo, an all-in-one service that manages payments, interaction with government services, and, key to the Saudi system of sadistic, totalitarian medieval patriarchy, it lets men track the whereabouts of their wives, daughters, and employees, sending alerts to “guardians” when women use their passports.

Last month, Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR] publicly called on the Google and Apple to remove the Absher app from their mobile app stores. Wyden and allies like Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA] wrote to Apple and Google with the demand.

Google has announced that after reviewing the app, they found that it did not violate their policies.

Apple (whose terms of service ban apps that contribute to “systemic discrimination or marginalization”) has not yet responded, saying that they are still reviewing Absher.

Rep. Speier and 13 colleagues in Congress wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook on February 21, demanding that the app be removed.

They and gave a deadline of Thursday 28 February to explain why the app is hosted on Google Play.

The 14 — including Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Katherine Clark, and Jackie Speier — said that Google and Apple are “accomplices in the oppression of Saudi Arabian women” for hosting the app.

Google, siding with Saudi Arabia, refuses to remove widely-criticized government app which lets men track women and control their travel [Bill Bostok/Business Insider]

Thank you for reading

Advertisements

Categories: Gossips, News, Science

Tagged as: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.