“We can’t get our poorly trained & incompetently led soldiers to stop posting on social media, which allows the Ukrainians to find our locations & target their attacks. So we need you, social media platforms, to prevent our missile fodder from doing so.” https://t.co/Tx2VGaZTFP
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) February 28, 2022
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 28, 2022
…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…
Online services and social media sites have also been tapped by researchers piecing together activity around the war.
A professor at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies said Google Maps helped him track a “traffic jam” that was actually Russian movement towards the border hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the attack.
Battles showing up as traffic jams on Google maps. https://t.co/4DhCkiXSLB
— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) February 26, 2022
Google said live traffic information remained available to drivers using its turn-by-turn navigation features in the area.
Horny conscripts leaking sensitive information has been a known military risk since approximately a week after conscription was invented. But now opposing armies don’t even need plausibly attractive potential sex partners — just code monkeys with jpg files…
— Jamie Withorne (@jamiewithorne) February 25, 2022