Facebook, Google take action over Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Amid the Russian ground invasion of Ukraine, the battles in cyberspace have also ramped up with technology companies taking action in response to Vladimir Putin's aggression.

Google announced it has banned the Russian state-owned media outlet RT's app from being downloaded in Ukraine after it was asked to do so.

"In response to a legal request from the Ukrainian government, the RT News app is no longer available for download on Google Play in Ukraine," a spokesperson for Google said.

That follows moves by YouTube to stop RT and other Russian channels from monetising their videos by playing adverts.

Meta has also taken steps to ensure state media is unable to earn revenue. the company's head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said.

"We are now prohibiting Russian state media from running ads or monetising on our platform anywhere in the world.

"We also continue to apply labels to additional Russian state media. These changes have already begun rolling out and will continue into the weekend."

In a separate announcement, the company also said it had been in contact with the Ukranian government.

"At their request, we have restricted access to several accounts in Ukraine, including those belonging to some Russian state media organisations," the company asid.

"We are also reviewing other government requests to restrict Russian state controlled media."

Messaging app Telegram has also said it's considering restricting the operation of some channels if the situation in Ukraine escalates.

Founder Pavel Durov said he didn't want the app to be used as a tool to share unverified information that could deepen the conflict.

It's also been reported that Thierry Breton, the European Union's industry chief, will ask Google's CEO Sundar Pichai to do more to stop disinformation following Russia's invasion. Breton is due to speak to Pichai and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki later on Monday.

Meanwhile the government of the under-attack state and other non-governmental organisations have raised NZ$25.8 million in cryptocurrency donations after appealing on social media for help.

"The Ukrainian government, and NGOs providing support to the military, have raised US$17.2 million through thousands of cryptocurrency donations since the start of the invasion," digital coin tracker Elliptic wrote on its website.

"One NGO received a single Bitcoin donation worth US$3 million."

The country's official Twitter account had asked for bitcoin and ether to help the people of Ukraine.

"Stand with the people of Ukraine. Now accepting cryptocurrency donations," Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote.