Google will not remove the controversial ‘Absher’ app from its Google Play app store, according to media reports.
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In February, 14 members of the US Congress wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook demanding that the app be removed.
Speier’s office said that Apple has yet to make a decision regarding the app.
“The responses received so far from Apple and Google are unsatisfactory,” Speier said in a statement. “As of today, the Absher app remains available in both the Apple App store and the Google Play store, even though they can easily remove it. Not only do they have the capability to take action, they have done so previously.”
“Facilitating the detention of women seeking asylum and fleeing abuse and control unequivocally causes harm,” she added. “To say I’m disappointed in their failure to show a sustained commitment to human rights is an understatement. I will be following up on this issue with my colleagues.”
Launched by Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry in 2015, the Absher app provides residents in the kingdom with access to more than 150 government services and services.
Over 11.5 million people use the app, according to Saudi officials.
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