Chinese Government Slams Apple for Showing HK Map Live on App Store
Apple has removed the famous HK Map Live App that helped people to track the activities of the Hong Kong protest. The tech giant gave approval for the app last week on October 4, but removed it after being scorned by China for targeting police by detecting police cars.
As per Apple, the app is victimising residents and poses a major threat to public safety so it is important to remove it.
In a recently made statement, Apple said, “We have learned that an app, HKmap.live, has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong. This app violates our guidelines and local laws, and we have removed it from the App Store.”
The developer of HK Map Live App confirmed the news by raising its voice on Twitter and its official channel in Telegram. They said, “We once believed the App rejection [was] simply a bureaucratic f up but now it is clearly a political decision to suppress freedom and human rights in Hong Kong”.
The HK Map Live App topped the charts in the travel category of iOS App Store in Hong Kong, until Apple removed it on October 4.
Justifying the move, Apple said that the developer’s application had been turned down from App store because it had “content – or facilitates, enables and encourages an activity – that is not legal” and “allowed users to evade law enforcement”.
Having now reached their 18th week, the Hong Kong protests have become extremely violent as the authorities have adopted a zero-tolerance approach. Violent clashes between police and protestors have become a general hear say. As per sources, last week two teenage protestors were shot by the Hong Kong police while Carrie Lam used emergency powers to ban the wearing of masks in public.
The aggression of the authorities went uncontrolled as a journalist permanently lost sight in her right eye because of being struck by a rubber bullet.
Helping the protestors gain useful information about the police, the HK Map Live App has been downloaded by more than 10,000 users and has a 4.1-star rating. The app is famous among users claiming to help many reach their destinations faster.
Criticising the move, the HK Map developer said, “The app never solicits, promotes or encourage criminal activity.” They added, “sincerely regretful for the decision Apple has made”.
In another news, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has criticised Facebook for their initiative of making their own cryptocurrency. Being the first firm to introduce digital currency, Facebook is entering into an arena otherwise handled by government bodies only.
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