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Technology Apple pulls HKmap.live app used in Hong Kong protests

16:45  10 october  2019
16:45  10 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors after pressure from China

  Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors after pressure from China “This app violates our guidelines and local laws.”Apple initially rejected HKmap.live from the App Store earlier this month, then reversed its decision a few days later. Now it has reversed its reversal.

The HKmap . live App is pictured on a phone screen in this photo illustration in Hong Kong . By Stephen Nellis. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday removed an app that protesters in Hong Kong have used to track police movements from its app store, saying it violated rules because

Creators of HKmap . Live accused Apple of ‘political decision to suppress freedom’ in Hong Kong .

Apple has removed HKmap.live, a mapping app that crowdsources the location of police and protestors in Hong Kong, from the App Store, saying it violated the store's guidelines and local laws by allowing protestors in Hong Kong to ambush police and threaten public safety. The move comes after Apple was sharply criticized by Chinese state newspaper People's Daily for allowing the app.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong. Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong. Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Apple said it removed the app after learning it has been used in ways that put law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong in danger.

Apple Pulls App That Tracks Police Activity in Hong Kong

  Apple Pulls App That Tracks Police Activity in Hong Kong Apple Inc. has pulled the plug on an app that shows police activity in Hong Kong, reversing course yet again as violent pro-democracy protests wrack the city. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The U.S. company said Thursday it’s now decided to remove HKmap.live from its App Store after consulting with local authorities, because it could endanger law enforcement and city residents. That marks a return to its original position, where it initially rejected the app.

In a highly controversial move, Apple has removed a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store. The developers claim that the app helps people avoid HKmap Live let people track police activity on the streets of Hong Kong , and could clearly be used in two very different ways. It could be used by

Apple allegedly rejected a crowdsourced protest map app from the App Store, saying the tool contains illegal content. The developers of the HKmap . live If the app was rejected for allowing people to avoid the police, it's strange given that it's one of the key features of Waze, which is available in Hong Kong .

"Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it," Apple said in a statement. "The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has 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. This app violates our guidelines and local laws, and we have removed it from the App Store."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd© CNET

HKmap.live lets people report things like police locations, use of tear gas and other details about protests that are added to a regularly updated map. The Android version of the app is still available in the Google Play store and there's a web version.

The Hong Kong protests, initially focused on bill that would have allowed people arrested in Hong Kong to be transferred to and tried in mainland China, have been ongoing since March 2019. The bill has since been withdrawn, but the demonstrations have expanded to include other grievances and demands for greater democracy.

More to come.

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