Technology Tim Cook defends removing controversial Hong Kong map app from the App Store
Tim Cook defends Apple’s decision to remove Hong Kong protest app
Less than a day after Apple sparked controversy by removing a Hong Kong protest app, CEO Tim Cook has defended the decision. Apple removed the HKmap.live app after China Daily -- owned by the Communist Party of China -- criticized the company for listing it in the App Store. In an internal letter, Cook wrote, "we believe this decision best protects our users." According to Reuters, Cook said Apple based the decision on "credible information"According to Reuters, Cook said Apple based the decision on "credible information" from Hong Kong police and Apple users.
Apple kicked up a firestorm on Wednesday when it decided to boot a mapping app called HKmap.live that protestors in Hong Kong have been using to keep tabs on police from the App Store.
The decision came a day after the main newspaper of the Communist Party in China (People’s Daily) published a screed blasting Apple as being on the side of “rioters” in the area. “Letting poisonous software have its way is a betrayal of the Chinese people’s feelings,”. On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to Apple employees defending the removal, lamenting that decisions like these “are never easy,” and that Apple has received “credible information” that the app is being used to target individual officers for violence.
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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.
Unfortunately, Tim’s email doesn’t provide any additional clarity or evidence to support those claims that at this point seem largely to be voiced by Chinese media.
Apple isof an American company to get caught up in the messy, complicated politics of China and Hong Kong, as the NBA and game company Blizzard have found themselves entangled as well.
The full text of Tim Cook’s email can be seen below:
You have likely seen the news that we made the decision to remove an app from the App Store entitled HKmap.live. These decisions are never easy, and it is harder still to discuss these topics during moments of furious public debate. It’s out of my great respect for the work you do every day that I want to share the way we went about making this decision.
Tim Cook defends Apple's HKmap.live app takedown
In a company email, the Apple CEO said the app is being used maliciously to endanger people's lives.In the email, Cook said the decision was "not easy," and added "technology can be used for good or for ill.
It is no secret that technology can be used for good or for ill. This case is no different. The app in question allowed for the crowdsourced reporting and mapping of police checkpoints, protest hotspots, and other information. On its own, this information is benign. However, over the past several days we received credible information, from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau, as well as from users in Hong Kong, that the app was being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present. This use put the app in violation of Hong Kong law. Similarly, widespread abuse clearly violates our App Store guidelines barring personal harm.
We built the App Store to be a safe and trusted place for every user. It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously, and it’s one that we aim to preserve. National and international debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts. In this case, we thoroughly reviewed them, and we believe this decision best protects our users.
The email was initially shared by the developer of HKmap.live, but the accuracy of the email has since been , who said he saw a copy of the same email.
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The text on the extradition of suspects to China was suspended in June, but protesters broadened their demands to denounce the decline in freedoms in this semi-autonomous region. 2 The Hong Kong Stock Exchange flew Wednesday at midday after media reported that the head of the Hong Kong executive was considering removing the text. The Hang Seng index jumped more than 3%.
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