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Apple Removes App That Hong Kong Protestors Used to Track Police

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The symbol for Apple appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Tuesday Oct. 1, 2019. (Richard Drew/AP_

By    |   Thursday, 03 October 2019 12:46 PM

Apple has reportedly banned the app HKmap Live, which allowed users to track protestors and police in Hong Kong, from the App Store amid widespread protests in the region, Fast Company reports.

HKmap Live tweeted on Tuesday that Apple sent the company a message notifying them that "Your app contains content - or facilitates, enables, and encourages an activity - that is not legal ... Specifically, the app allowed users to evade law enforcement."

The company notes that Apple “assume our user [sic] are lawbreakers and therefore evading law enforcement, which is clearly not the case.”

The developer added, “This is getting way more feedback than I expected. To make it clear, I still believe this is more a bureaucratic f up than censorship. Everything can be used for illegal purpose on the wrong hand. Our App is for info, and we do not encourage illegal activity.”

Zeynep Tufekci, a techno-sociologist and contributor to The New York Times, tweeted on Tuesday that Apple has rejected “a map that only displays Hong Kong locations as illegal? Maybe this really is Apple sucking up to China rather than f bureaucratic screw-up? [HKmap Live] only reports locations: road closures, tear gas, police presence. IT REPORTS LOCATIONS AND DOES NOTHING ELSE.”

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Apple has reportedly banned the app HKmap Live, which allowed users to track protestors and police in Hong Kong, from the App Store amid widespread protests in the region, Fast Company reports.
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