Apple drops Hong Kong police-tracking app used by protesters

Apple has removed an application used by protesters in Hong Kong to track police movements and use tear gas, saying the application violated its rules.

The company said that the app, HKmap.live, “has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents.”

Apple’s refusal to start the app – which uses data from protesters on the ground – from his store.

When he later appeared in the app store, there was a stern response in the official Chinese media.

Apple said the removal came after “many of our customers in Hong Kong contacted us.”

“We have verified the Hong Kong Cyber ​​Security and Technology Crimes Bureau of using the application to target and ambush the police,” Apple said.

“The criminals used it to awaken the population in areas where they knew there was no application of the law,” the statement said.

Although the app has been removed from the Apple Store, the website version remains active. There is also a version on Google Play.

When the app was available on the app store, Apple was criticized in Chinese media.

The Communist Party, the People’s Daily, did not name the application, but criticized Apple for “opening the door” to violent protests.

“Leaving poisonous programs for them is a betrayal of the feelings of the Chinese people,” the newspaper said.

Apps were previously removed after they were released if they were found to facilitate illegal activity or threaten public safety.

 

A number of companies have angered Chinese officials over Hong Kong’s long protests.

China’s state broadcaster has canceled plans to offer two basketball games before the NBA one season before a pro-Hong Kong tweet from the team manager, the sponsors were also important.

Jeweler Tiffany & Co canceled an advertising image after some Chinese consumers indicated it was supportive of the protesters.

California-based toy company Blizzard has suspended games after it expressed support for the protesters during a live broadcast.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong protesters have targeted mainland banks and what they see as mainland businessmen.

For Apple, China is a major market and manufacturing base for its products.

The manufacturing of Apple products directly and indirectly represents about three million jobs in China.

Apple’s sales reached $ 9.61 billion in the fourth quarter in the Greater China category, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong.