Samsung is suspending shipments of all of its products to Russia the corporation announced Friday. Due to the current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended reads a statement from an unnamed Samsung spokesperson via Samsung’s generic PR email address. We continue to actively monitor this complex situation to settle on our next steps.
Samsung is also making donations to humanitarian efforts. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted and our priority is to ensure the safety of all our employees and their families, the company says. We plan to actively support humanitarian efforts around the region including aid for refugees. To this end, we are denoting 6 million including 1 million in consumer electronics products as well as voluntary donations from our employees. Samsung is the latest tech vendor to prevent new sales of its products in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. Last we heard, South Korea-based Samsung still would have been able to ship technology to Russia in the face of some export restrictions but perhaps the company made its own decision to halt shipments.
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Tech platforms have taken other action as well Google has paused all ad sales in Russia Reddit has disqualified links to Russian state-sponsored media site-wide Facebook has stopped recommending Russian state media globally and Twitter has paused ads in Russia and Ukraine. Russia has hard-pressed back to some, however in throttling Twitter and outright blocking Facebook in the country.