Apple Pulls Mapping App Used by Hong Kong Protesters (Again)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended moves like this in the past, arguing that Apple has an obligation to follow the law in each jurisdiction where it operates.

One of the police-tracking app's users, Hong Kong office worker Acko Wong, 26, scoffed at the suggestion that the app helped give free rein to criminals.

Apple's decision came soon after Chinese state media criticized it for allowing HKmap to be downloaded.

Still, some say Apple's decision over the app looks like a rare mis-step for a company that has otherwise adroitly navigated the US-China trade war in the past year. He concluded that the company "thoroughly reviewed them" and believes that this decision best protected its users.

The ongoing Hong Kong protests has dragged Apple into the battle, after the company chose to remove a number of apps from the iOS App Store that protestors were using to help coordinate their protests and keep themselves safe.

Apple had initially rejected the app in early October, claiming it "allowed users to evade law enforcement", according to Ars Technica.

If Apple reinstates HKmap.live to the App Store it could anger the Chinese government, and maybe even the country's population, which seems capable of an organized revolt against western business entities-like the National Basketball Association, for example.

However, Google said it had found no policy violation by HKmap.live, and confirmed that the tracking app was available on its app store.

Of course, due to the situation currently ongoing in Hong Kong right now, and the sensitive nature of alleged China-ordered censorship, claims that Apple is bowing to pressure from political forces don't appear to be totally unfounded. In his letter, Mok goes into detail about how the HKmap.live app has been keeping nonpolitical residents out of the crossfire between demonstrators and police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. The app's developer did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.

Apple has yanked an app called HKmap.live from its app store just days after approving it.

We built the App Store to be a safe and trusted place for every user. Thursday's removal of the app drew immediate reprimands from Washington. Back in 2017 Cook agreed to remove VPN apps from the Chinese edition of the App Store after the government complained they were being used to circumvent its "great firewall" network.

"Whilst we may not be able to fight alongside the young protesters in the frontline against an unjust government, escalating police violence and indiscriminate arrests, we take it to heart to uphold the core values of Hong Kong and defend the future of our younger generations", it said in a statement.

The Trump regime recently blacklisted 28 tech companies in China for their participation in the system of concentration camps that hold an estimated 1 million Uyghur people.

Hong Kong's metro operator opened all stations on Friday for the first time in a week ahead of another round of anti-government protests, while the city's legislature began its first session since protesters stormed the building in July.

"We have learned that an app, HKmap.live, has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong". A web version was also still viewable on iPhones.

"Does the entire world have to suck up to the garbage Communist Party?" one commentator, Yip Lou Jie, said in an online forum, LIHKG, used by protesters in Hong Kong.

It's possible the Hong Kong police did tell Apple it was being harmed by the app in some way.

"It sounds like they are being responsible".

Some lawmakers wore black masks as they sat in the chamber, with others carried placards reading: "Police brutality still exists, how can we have a meeting?"

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