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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 police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

  Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app storeSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday removed an app that protestors in Hong Kong have used to track police movements, saying the app violated its rules because it was used to ambush police and by criminals who used it to victimize residents in areas with no law enforcement.

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

Apple rejected the crowdsourcing app , HKmap . live , earlier this month but then reversed course last week, allowing the app to appear on its App Store. The approval drew a sharply worded commentary criticizing Apple in the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily.

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 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.

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

Hong Kong anti-government protests . Image copyright HKmap Live . Image caption HKmap Live shows the location of police. An app that tracks the location of police patrols in Hong Kong is now available via Apple , despite the firm's reservations about its potential use .

"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.

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