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AbsherGoogle now refuses to remove the controversial “app” that allows Saudi men to control women



AbsherGoogle now refuses to remove the controversial “app” that allows Saudi men to control women


Where I said I say, I say Diego. Despite the initial idea, Google has refused to remove from Google Play the controversial application Absher, which allows Saudi Arabian men to control women’s travel, as it considers that does not violate their usage policies, after receiving a request to withdraw 14 congressmen from the United States.

Google has notified the Democratic congresswoman of the United States House of Representatives Jackie Speier that, after reviewing the Absher application, he has considered that it does not violate any of the company’s policies, as the congresswoman has assured in statements to the specialized medium “Business Insider”.

Absher is an application created by the government of Saudi Arabia that makes it easier for citizens of the country to perform functions related to their passports when traveling, something for which women need authorization from a man.

Among its functions, Absher allows men to track their wives and domestic workers, block their permits to leave the country. What’s more, send an SMS to the men in the event that a woman tries to leave the country without her permission.

Given the existence of this «app», present in Google Play and the App Store, Jackie Speier, along with thirteen other members of Congress, sent a letter to Apple’s CEOs and Apple’s Google demanding its removal. This letter established a deadline of until February 28 to explain why this application was still in its application stores. For their part, both Apple and Google responded that they were going to review Absher to make sure it was violating security policies. Apple has reported that it continues to evaluate the “app.”