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War is Testing the Power of Tech Giants

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Ukrainian servicemen walk at fragments of a downed aircraft seen in in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Tech companies face tricky decisions. Any missteps could be costly, adding more momentum to efforts in Europe and the U.S. to regulate their businesses, or they could lead Russia to ban them altogether.

Credit: Oleksandr Ratushniak/AP

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has become a defining geopolitical moment for some of the world's biggest tech companies as their platforms have turned into major battlefields for a parallel information war and their data and services have become vital links in the conflict.

Over the last few days, Google, Meta, Twitter, Telegram and others have been forced to grapple with how to wield that power, caught between escalating demands by Ukrainian, Russian, European Union and U.S. officials.

From The New York Times
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