Did Google Maps Uncensor Russian Military Sites?
Ukrainian Armed Forces has claimed that Google Maps has un-blurred Russian military bases, in what would be a remarkable move by the tech giant.
“Google Maps has opened access to Russia’s military and strategic facilities,” the Tweet translates.
“Now everyone can see a variety of Russian launchers, intercontinental ballistic missile mines, command posts, and secret landfills with a resolution of about 0.5 meters per pixel.”
The account that sent the original tweet has since been suspended by Twitter.
Google Maps has denied the claims, responding to a story by an Eastern European newsroom with: “Hi there, please note that we haven’t made any blurring changes to our satellite imagery in Russia.”
Despite the claims, the bases are very much available for anyone to study – a huge strike for Ukraine in the race for useful information, regardless of who’s responsible.
Samsung is also unwittingly helping Ukraine in the war effort, with its seemingly bulletproof phone.
A video of a Ukrainian soldier pulling a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE with a bullet lodged in it from his pocket has appeared on Reddit, with users comparing it to the tales of World War I soldiers saved by coins in their chest pockets.