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Apple removes app that persecutes Hong Kong police



SAN FRANCISCO – Apple removed an app on Wednesday that allowed Hong Kong protesters to follow police after being exposed to fierce criticism from Chinese state media the day before, plunging technology giants deeper into the increasingly politicized atmosphere in China ,

] Apple announced that the HKmap.live app was removed from the iPhone App Store just days after it was approved, as demonstrators in Hong Kong used the app to attack the police, according to Hong Kong authorities.

The day before, People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's flagship newspaper published an editorial accusing Apple of supporting "rioters" in Hong Kong. "Allowing toxic software is a betrayal of the feelings of the Chinese people," reads the article written under the pseudonym "Calming the Waves".

Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau said that the app was used to attack police officers, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to harass residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement "Apple said in a statement late Wednesday. "This app violates our policies and local laws."

Apple's reversal of the app is in the face of China's strong pressure on multinational corporations to stay away from the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. China has this week the broadcasts of the exhibition N.B.A. Games in China after the general manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted in support of the protests.

Apple also removed the app after recently hauling the American news agency Quartz app from the App Store in China. Quartz has reported on the protests in Hong Kong.


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