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Technology Apple removes Taiwan flag emoji from iOS in Hong Kong

13:30  09 october  2019
13:30  09 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Apple removes Taiwan flag emoji in Hong Kong, Macau in iOS 13.1.1

  Apple removes Taiwan flag emoji in Hong Kong, Macau in iOS 13.1.1 The keyboard has become a political battleground.Apple’s region lock of ROC Taiwan flag extended beyond CN devices to HK and Macau’s in the iOS/iPadOS 13.1.1 rollout. Interestingly, the new lock only affects the keyboard, and has no problem displaying and is easy to bypass by switching region. https://t.co/RVRKNQyc1lpic.twitter.

When Hong Kong and Macau users updated to iOS 13 . 1 . 1 or above, the emoji for the Republic of China flag , or Taiwan 's flag , disappeared from the In a recent update to iOS 13.1, Apple ’s iPhone operating system, Apple reportedly removed the Taiwanese flag emoji from its keyboard for users

When Hong Kong and Macau users updated to iOS 13 . 1 . 1 or above, the emoji for the Republic of China flag , or Taiwan 's flag , disappeared from the In a recent update to iOS 13.1, Apple ’s iPhone operating system, Apple reportedly removed the Taiwanese flag emoji from its keyboard for users

Apple appears to have removed the Taiwan flag from the emoji keyboard of users that have their iOS region set to Hong Kong or Macau, according to a number of local websites, including Hiraku. The change, implemented via a software update, comes not long after the company released its iOS 13 operating system, and highlights the complicated relationship that Apple -- and indeed many American companies -- have with China.

  Apple removes Taiwan flag emoji from iOS in Hong Kong

This isn't the first time Apple has caused controversy amid the pro-democracy protests, nor has it been the only US company to do so. Earlier this week the tech giant was criticised by China's state newspaper for allowing an app on its App Store that tracks the movement of police around Hong Kong, while the NBA and Activision Blizzard have also run afoul of China's political landscape.

It is still possible to use the Taiwan flag emoji, however. Apparently it still displays in apps and on websites, and you can bring it up by typing the word "Taiwan" or by copying and pasting it. If somebody from outside the Hong Kong or Macau regions sends the emoji to users within those areas it will still appear, although that's not possible on iPhones in mainland China.

Hiraku

Apple CEO Tim Cook urged to 'reverse course' after pulling Hong Kong protest app .
Four US representatives called the removal of the HKMaps.live app "deeply concerning.""Apple's decisions last week to accommodate the Chinese government by taking down HKMaps is deeply concerning. We urge you in the strongest terms to reverse course, to demonstrate that Apple puts values above market access, and to stand with the brave men and women fighting for basic rights and dignity in Hong Kong," the letter said. The letter follows the app's removal and Cook's meeting with China's market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, according to a report from Reuters.

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