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How Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters to track police movements


by Jobxoom Media - 10-10-2019

"How Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protesters to track police movements"

Apple (AAPL) decided to take down HKmap.live from its App Store after complaints from several people in Hong Kong, the company said in a statement Thursday. The app had been used in ways that "endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong," it added.
"The app displays police locations and we have verified with [Hong Kong authorities] that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement," Apple said in an emailed response.
"This app violates our guidelines and local laws, and we have removed it from the App Store," it added.
Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong for months and dozens of foreign companies that do business in China have been caught up in the fallout.
The National Basketball Association was drawn into the controversy this week.
The American league is facing a ferocious backlash in China after Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey tweeted support for the Hong Kong protests. That prompted all of the NBA's official Chinese partners to suspend business ties with the league.

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