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Technology Apple pulls Hong Kong-based tracking app after being pressed by China

16:25  10 october  2019
16:25  10 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Apple pulled an app from the App Store that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track local police, the tech giant said on Wednesday. The decision to remove the software came after Apple was criticized by local media for allowing it to exist in Hong Kong in the first place.

The app, dubbed HKmap.live, was volunteer-run and provided users with the locations of protests and police. Users also had access to real-time information about certain areas, such as whether tear gas was used or not.

Apple said in a statement: " We have learned that an app, HKmap.live, has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong."

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Apple removed from its app store an app that citizens and protesters in Hong Kong used to track police activity The removal, which Apple announced late Wednesday, followed criticism in Chinese state media of the tech giant’s decision just days earlier to approve the app , called HKmap.live.

The iPhone giant said that many local residents reached out to complain about the app, which reportedly had "been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement."

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The app's developers said on Twitter that it disagrees with Apple's decision to pull the application.

Before shutting it down, Apple was blasted by the local Communist Party’s flagship newspaper called People's Daily. The publication said the app “facilitates illegal behavior."

Apple removes Hong Kong protest app following Chinese pressure

  Apple removes Hong Kong protest app following Chinese pressure Apple's complex relationship with China has made the headlines again. Just a day after Chinese state media criticized the company for allowing HKmap in its App Store -- and a week after Apple flip flopped on its initial decision to delist the app -- the crowdsourced map app has been removed, again sparking concerns that Apple is pandering to China's political regime. The app, which shares information on the location of pro-democracy protests and police activity in Hong Kong, was slammed by China Daily -- owned by the Communist Party of China -- for enabling "rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts," adding that Apple has to "think about the consequences of its

Apple said it was removing the HKmap.live app , which was criticized by Chinese state media, because Hong Kong authorities said China this week canceled broadcasts of exhibition N.B.A. games in China after the general manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted in support of the protests.

Apple Inc has removed an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements, saying it was used to ambush law enforcement - a move that follows sharp criticism of the The HKmap.live App is pictured on a phone screen in this photo illustration, in Hong Kong , China , October 10, 2019.

“Is Apple guiding Hong Kong thugs?” the newspaper said. The publication warned that the tech company might be hurting its reputation among Chinese customers. Apple has a large presence in China.

a close up of a map: A display of the app © Vincent Yu, AP A display of the app "HKmap.live" designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store is seen in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

In fact, one of its largest factories, which is often referred to as "iPhone City," employs thousands of full time and part-time workers in the city of Zhengzhou. China is also home to Apple's largest consumer base after the United States.

A web version of hkmap.live is still up and running.

Follow Dalvin Brown on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Apple pulls Hong Kong-based tracking app after being pressed by China

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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