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Technology Tim Cook defends Apple’s decision to remove Hong Kong protest app

00:20  11 october  2019
00:20  11 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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

In a new memo to employees obtained by Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook is defending Apple ’ s decision to remove the HKmap.live app from the App Store. Cook says the decision was based on “credible information” from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau and users in

Tim Cook has written to Apple employees defending the company’ s decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters to coordinate This case is no different. The app in question allowed for the crowdsourced reporting and mapping of police checkpoints, protest hotspots and other information.

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."

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According to Reuters, Cook said Apple based the decision on "credible information" from Hong Kong police and Apple users. Those sources said the app was used to "maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present." That kind of behavior would violate App Store guidelines prohibiting personal harm.

Tim Cook Defends Decision to Remove Hong Kong Maps App in Memo

  Tim Cook Defends Decision to Remove Hong Kong Maps App in Memo Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook defended the company’s decision to remove a mapping app in Hong Kong, saying on Thursday that the company received “credible information” from authorities indicating the software was being used “maliciously” to attack police. Apple pulled HKmap.live from its App Store on Wednesday after flip-flopping between rejecting it and approving it earlier this month. Apple made the decision after consulting with local authorities, because it could endanger law enforcement and city residents. Cook echoed that sentiment in an email to Apple employees.

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook defended the company’ s decision to remove a mapping app in Hong Kong , saying on Thursday that the Apple joins other foreign companies struggling to navigate the pro -democracy movement in Hong Kong as protests that began in June show no sign

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to employees with more details on why the company chose to remove HKmap.live, a crowdsourced mapping tool that’s proven helpful during mass protests in Hong Kong , from the App Store. Cook is adamant that Apple ’ s decision was the right one.

Critics argue that the app does not show the location of individual officers, so it could not be used to target law enforcement as Cook described. They say there's no evidence that the app has been used to threaten police or public safety and that apps like Waze, which crowdsources information about police locations are still in the App store. So, while Cook was likely hoping to set the record straight and quell the controversy, plenty of people are still upset with the decision.

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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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