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Google, siding with Saudi Arabia,

• by Bill Bostock

Google has rejected calls to remove a Saudi government app which offers a tool for men to control where women travel.

The company told the office of Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who had called for its removal, that the app does not violate its terms of service.

INSIDER reported extensively how the app — called Absher — lets men direct where women can travel, and offers alerts when they use a passport to leave Saudi Arabia.

US Reps. Jackie Speier, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, and 11 others demanded on February 21 that Apple and Google axe the app.

Google and Apple CEO Tim Cook both promised to investigate the app. Apple have yet to announce their ruling.