Taiwan states that ASUS will “evacuate” Russia after Ukraine urges an exit

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Taiwan states that ASUS will “evacuate” Russia after Ukraine urges an exit

Taiwanese computer maker ASUS considers its reputation and plans to “evacuate” staff and business. RussiaTaiwan’s Minister of Economy said on Monday after the Ukrainian minister asked to leave the country.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Muihailo Fedrov, tweeted a letter to ASUS Chairman Johnny Sea on Thursday calling on the company to close its business. Russia..Why Moscow invaded Ukraine Russian The government calls it “special operations”.

“@ASUS, Russians has no moral right to use your amazing technology! It’s for peace, not for war! Fedorov added in another tweet.

When asked about the letter, Taiwan’s Minister of Economy, Wang Mika, said Taiwan had cooperated with other democracies and acted against it. RussiaHowever, I couldn’t comment on what the individual companies were doing.

The company, officially called ASUSTeK Computer Inc, did not respond to requests for comment.

Russian Instagram users said they would stop the service from midnight

Russian Instagram users will end the service from midnight on Sunday after owner Meta Platforms announced last week that Ukrainian social media users will be able to post messages such as “death to a Russian invader.” I was informed that.

An email message from the state’s communications regulator told people to move their photos and videos before Instagram shut down, urging them to switch to Russia’s own “competitive internet platform.”

Meta, which also owns Facebook, said on Friday that the temporary changes to its hate speech policy would only apply to Ukraine following the February 24 invasion of Russia.

The company said it was wrong to prevent Ukrainians from “expressing resistance and anger at the invading forces.”

The decision was angry in Russia, where authorities launched a criminal investigation into Meta and prosecutors asked the court to designate the US high-tech giant as an “extremist organization” on Friday.

The head of Instagram says the block will affect 80 million users. Russia has already banned Facebook domestically in response to saying that it is a restriction on access to Russian media on the platform.


Ukraine’s largest steel company says Shell has attacked the Avdiivka coke plant

Ukraine’s largest steel company, Metinvest, said a shell struck the territory of the Avdiivka Cokese plant on Sunday, damaging parts of the facility.

Earlier, the public prosecutor’s office said five rockets hit a factory that had already been shut down following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Metinvest, which is dominated by Ukraine’s wealthiest man and businessman Rinat Akhmetov, said no one was injured in the bombardment that struck two coke shops and other areas.

The site’s thermal power plant, which supplies heat to the neighboring town of Avdiivka, has shut down, it said.

Avdiivka is one of the largest coke factories in Europe and a leading manufacturer of coke for steelmaking in Ukraine.


Ukraine started using Clearview AI facial recognition during the war

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense began using Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology on Saturday, the company’s CEO told Reuters.

Ukraine now has free access to Clearview AI’s powerful face search engine, allowing authorities to scrutinize interested people at checkpoints.

Plans began to form after Russia invaded Ukraine and Clearview CEO Juan Tong sent a letter to Kyiv to provide assistance, according to a copy seen by Reuters.

Clearview said it had not provided technology to Russia, which called its actions in Ukraine a “special operations.”

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense did not respond to requests for comment. Earlier, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation said he was considering an offer from a US-based artificial intelligence company like Clearview. Many Western companies are committed to helping Ukraine by providing internet hardware, cyber security tools, and other support.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Epoch Times Staff