Google Reportedly Won’t Remove Saudi Government App That Allows Men to Track Women

Despite outcry from human rights groups and politicians, Google will reportedly keep a controversial Saudi government app in its Google Play store, Business Insider reported Saturday. Among other functions, the app allows Saudi men to track and restrict the travel of women and dependents.

The decision not to remove the app, Absher, follows a Feb. 21 letter signed by more than a dozen members of Congress calling on Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to pull it from their companies’ respective app stores. Business Insider reported that Google alerted the office of Representative Jackie Speier—one of 14 members of Congress who signed the letter—as to its decision, while Apple told her office on Feb. 28 that it was still looking into the app.

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