Apple defends its fold on Hong Kong app as backlash mounts

  • Apple defends its fold on Hong Kong app as backlash mounts

Apple defends its fold on Hong Kong app as backlash mounts

Apple gave us a statement explaining that the map app violated both its own rules and local laws.

Apple's decision comes a day after the Chinese state-run People's Daily newspaper criticised Apple for allowing the application to be used on its mobile devices. National and worldwide debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts.

Today I wrote to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, to tell him his company's decision to remove HKmap live app from Appstore will cause problems for normal Hong Kong's citizens trying to avoid police presence while they are under constant fear ofpolice brutality.

Google said its decision to yank "The Revolution of Our Times" game from its Play Store did not result from any takedown requests by police or any other party outside the California-based company.

The developers of HKmap.live said they disagree with claims that the app is a public safety threat and said there was zero evidence backing up the Hong Kong authorities' allegations.

"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", Apple said.

Google also suspended a role-playing app on October 10 for violating a company policy "prohibiting developers from capitalizing on sensitive events, such as attempting to make money from serious ongoing conflicts or tragedies through a game".

Maya Wang, a senior China researcher with Human Rights Watch, said there could be legitimate concerns of misuse of apps but that the statement from Apple was "disingenuous" because it did not make any reference to pressure from Beijing in the People's Daily commentary.

The news outlet also said that its entire website is inaccessible in mainland China.

We built the App Store to be a safe and trusted place for every user. Most of the content on the app is user-generated, but allows users to downvote and enables moderators to crack down on content that "solicit, promote, or encourage criminal activity". Thursday's removal of the app drew immediate reprimands from Washington. Blizzard Entertainment, meanwhile, suspended a professional gamer for a year for reportedly shouting "Liberate Hong Kong!" during an interview.

Apple too has a lot to lose if it mucks it up with China. According to reporting in the New York Times, Beijing is concerned its actions are drawing more attention to the protests and harming the country's standing on the global stage, adding yet more tension to relations with the U.S. as trade talks restart in Washington. The metro, which normally carries around 5 million people a day, will again shut early today.

Hong Kong's metro rail system will shut early again on Thursday to allow time to fix damaged facilities, its operator said as the city braced for more anti-government demonstrations after a string of violent protests in the Asian financial hub. A web version was also still viewable on iPhones.

After the bill was cancelled, the protests expanded into a broader pro-democracy push that led to increasingly violent clashes between police and protesters.

"It sounds like they are being responsible".

You have likely seen the news that we made the decision to remove an app from the App Store entitled HKmap.live.