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Technology Apple CEO Tim Cook urged to 'reverse course' after pulling Hong Kong protest app

00:40  19 october  2019
00:40  19 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over Apple 's decision to remove the HKMap Live app from the App Store after complaints from the app , which was used by protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, was pulled from the App Store in

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with top Chinese official to discuss business expansion after the tech giant banned an app used by Hong Kong protesters The two sides had 'in-depth exchanges' on the US firm's expansion in China. Apple has faced criticism for blocking an app popular with Hong Kong

In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook , US Congress members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Gallagher and Tom Malinowski criticized the tech giant's decision to remove the Hong Kong protest app, HKmap.live, on Oct. 10. US Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio also signed the letter.

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"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.

Tim Cook defends removing controversial Hong Kong map app from the App Store

  Tim Cook defends removing controversial Hong Kong map app from the App Store 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,” the article reads.

Apple Inc. took down a Hong Kong protest app late yesterday after pressure from China, only to prompt a torrent of criticism today from some quarters. The app in question, HKmap.live, allowed users to locate Hong Kong police as well as protesters . Earlier this month, Apple actually rejected

Apple CEO Tim Cook met the chief of China’s market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, the Chinese agency said Apple last week removed from its app store an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements after a Chinese state newspaper sharply criticized it for allowing the software.

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Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple removed HKmap.live, a mapping app that crowdsources the location of police and protesters in Hong Kong, from the App Store, saying it violated the store's guidelines and local laws. HKmap tweeted last Thursday that it disagreed with Apple's claim that the app endangered law enforcement and Hong Kong residents.

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

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