Ukraine Loves Facebook and Google


Just Plain Mean
Staff member
May 18, 1997
While the EU is going whole-hog (not an Angela Merkel reference) on Google, fining it billions of dollars, our Ukrainian comrades to the east...or west, guess it depends how you want to get there, actually use Facebook and Youtube as "backups." During all the ransomware nastiness last week, it seems that Facebook and Youtube did a lot to keep folks informed.

As Ukraine's digital infrastructure shuddered under the weight of last Tuesday's cyberattack, Silicon Valley firms played an outsize role in keeping information flowing, an illustration both of their vast reach and their unofficial role as a kind of emergency backup system. Google's mail service has been keeping the lights on at some firms after their email servers down, while Facebook is credited as a critical platform for digital first responders.