Google Maps, Waze Temporarily Disable Live Traffic Updates in Israel
The choice comes amid a potential ground invasion of Gaza by Israel.
Google says it will temporarily disable live traffic updates on their map services, Google Maps and Waze, in Israel. The choice, which was announced on Oct 23, comes amid a potential ground invasion of Gaza by Israel.
"As we have done previously in conflict situations and in response to the evolving situation in the region, we have temporarily disabled the ability to see live traffic conditions and busyness information out of consideration for the safety of local communities," said a Google Maps spokesperson.
Google previously temporarily disabled real-time vehicle data in Ukraine in 2022, after the start of Russia’s invasion, per Reuters.
The spokesperson also said that they consulted several parties for the decision, including regional and local authorities. The company did not say if the choice was made at the request of the Israeli military. Google also did not clarify if updates will be unavailable in Israel, Gaza, or both.