Apple to pull police-app, Hong Kong protests after talks with the authorities

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.(O), on Wednesday, removed it from the app that the protesters in Hong Kong, we used to keep track of the police movements, the app store, saying that it violated any of the rules, as it was used in the ambush of the police.

The US-based tech giant had come under fire from China and around the app, which is the Chinese Communist y’s official newspaper, the call, the app is “toxic,” and decrying what he said was the company’s complicity in helping Hong Kong’s demonstrators.

Apple had just last week agreed to app, which crowdsources the locations of both the police and protesters, following the rejection earlier in the month.

Apple said in a statement that it had started an immediate investigation after many of the concerned customers in the Hong Kong are” in touch with the company about the app, and Apple thought it had endangered the enforcement of the law, and some of the residents.

“It provides the police department sites, and we are satisfied with the” Hong Kong cyber security and Technology, Office of Crime that the app has been used in order to set up and ambushed by the police, and the threat to public safety and that criminals used it to insult the people in the areas where they know that there will be no enforcement of the law,” the statement said.

Apple has made no comment beyond his statement. The company has also been removed BackupHK is a separate app that used to function as a mirror of the main The Hong Kong police had no immediate comment.

On a Twitter account believed to be owned by the HKlive.a map app, and the developer said that it did not agree with Apple’s decision, and that there was no evidence in support of the Hong Kong police force claims that the app has been used in the ambushes.

The app consolidated the content of the public posts on the social network, and that the moderators will delete content that is requested is a criminal activity, and to prohibit repeated attempts to get this content into the app, he said.

FILE PHOTO: Riot police enter through the side as they look to the anti-government protesters, in Hong Kong, China, on October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

“The majority of users, a review in the App Store … set HKmap, ENHANCED public safety and security, not the opposite,” it added.

In a separate move, Apple removed it from the Quartz, a news app from the App Store in China, as the Chinese authorities have said that the app violated local laws and regulations.

Less Chief Exeuctive Zach Seward, told the technology publication The Verge, in a statement: “We abhor this kind of government censorship of the internet, and they have a great coverage of how to get around such bans in the world.”


The app has been removed from the app store is Apple’s world wide, but continued to work for the users who have already downloaded it, in Hong Kong, Reuters has found. A web-based version is also viewable on the iphone.

On Tuesday, the People’s Daily said that Apple does not have a sense of right and wrong, and to see the truth. The advantage of the app is available on Apple’s Hong Kong App Store at the moment, it is “opening the door” to the violent protesters in the former British colony, the newspaper wrote.

Under the company’s rules, policies, apps, and more, that comply with the standards listed in the App Store have been removed after their release if they are found to have been illegal activity, or pose a threat to the safety of the public.

In 2011, Apple modified the app store to remove apps that have specified locations for a drunk driving checkpoints not published by law enforcement officials.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Apple is seen in a shop in zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, on January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

The word of the HKmap.the live app will be removed rapidly to spread in Hong Kong.

“The whole world is to suck up the dust from the Communist y?” one critic called Our Lou, Jie said at an online forum, LIHKG, which is being used by protesters in Hong Kong.

Report by Stephen Nellis; Additional reporting by John Mitchell in San Francisco, and John Ruwitch in Hong Kong; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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