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Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters to track police

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters to track police

10/10/2019 11:20:00 AM

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters to track police

Apple deletes an app Hong Kong protesters were using to track police movements, saying it violated rules because it was used to ambush police.

On Twitter, an account believed to be owned by the HKlive.map app's developer said it disagreed with Apple's decision and there was no evidence the app had been used in ambushes.The app consolidated content from public posts on social networks, and moderators would delete content that solicited criminal activity and ban those who made repeated attempts to post such content, the account said.

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"The majority of user review[s] in App Store … suggest HKmap improved public safety, not the opposite," it added.In a separate move, Apple also removed the Quartz news app from its App Store in China because Chinese authorities said it violated local laws.

Quartz chief executive Zach Seward told technology publication The Verge:"We abhor this kind of government censorship of the internet, and have great coverage of how to get around such bans around the world."Anger in Hong KongThe HKlive.map app was removed from Apple's app store globally but continued to work for users who had previously downloaded it in Hong Kong, Reuters found. A web version was also still viewable on iPhones.

Like a flash mob, they appear and then dissolve back into the city once their task is complete.The People's Daily had previously said Apple did not have a sense of right and wrong, and ignored the truth. Making the app available on Apple's Hong Kong App Store at this time was"opening the door" to violent protesters in the former British colony, the newspaper wrote.

In the past apps that have met the requirements to appear in Apple's App Store have sometimes been removed because they have been found to facilitate illegal activity or threaten public safety.In 2011, Apple modified its app store to remove apps that listed locations for drink driving tests not previously published by law enforcement officials.

Word of the HKmap.live app's removal spread quickly in Hong Kong."Does the entire world have to suck up to the garbage Communist Party," one commentator called Yip Lou Jie wrote on online forum LIHKG, which is used by protesters in Hong Kong.

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