SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc. on Wednesday removed from the app protesters in Hong Kong, we used to keep track of police movements, according to the app, in violation of the rules, because it has been used in the ambush of the police, and criminals are used to the abuse of residents in areas that are not enforcing the law.
Apple turned down the crowdsourcing app to HKmap.a live, early in the month, but reversed course last week, making the app appear in the App Store.
The endorsement drew a sharply worded commentary in the Chinese Communist y’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, on Tuesday, Apple was criticised for allowing a “toxic” in the app.
Apple said in a statement that “many of these customers are from Hong Kong,” in touch with the company on the map in the app. Apple said that it immediately began the examination of the application ” s use of it, and found it to be “is used in a manner that would pose a threat to the rule of law, and the people in Hong Kong.”
“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 a statement, and the app’s developer, did not immediately comment on the expulsion.
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.
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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.
Asked for a comment, after the People’s Daily piece was published, the HKmap.live developer, which have not been revealed, his or her identity, said the app is the only consolidated information that was not available in the public domain, such as groups of Telegram, another of the protesters have been using to communicate with them.
“The Protest is part of our freedom of speach (sic) and I don’t think that the application is illegal in hong kong,” the developer told Reuters in a direct message on Tuesday.
Report by Stephen Nellis; Additional reporting by John Mitchell in San Francisco; Editing by Edwina Gibbs