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Apple removes app that Hong Kong protesters used to track police movements after it used for vandalism, attacks on officers Apple removes app that Hong Kong protesters used to track police movements after it used for vandalism, attacks on officers
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The maker of the iPhone has removed an app that allowed rioters in Hong Kong track where police are located after reports that it was used to ambush officers and vandalize communities where law enforcement was not present.The maker of the iPhone has removed an app that allowed rioters in Hong Kong track where police are located after reports that it was used to ambush officers and vandalize communities where law enforcement was not present.
Following the suit of other companies taking sides in ongoing tensions in China's autonomous city, Apple allowed HKmap.live to appear in its app store. The 'noble' goal of helping rioters praised in the media has brought the opposite result. Following the suit of other companies taking sides in ongoing tensions in China's autonomous city, Apple allowed HKmap.live to appear in its app store. The 'noble' goal of helping rioters praised in the Western media has brought the opposite result.
"The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau 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," the company said in a statement."The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau 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," the company said in a statement.
On Wednesday, the Chinese People's Daily published an op-ed titled "Is Apple guiding Hong Kong thugs?" It warned that the map app "facilitates illegal behavior" and that Apple is hurting its reputation among Chinese consumers by "mixing business with politics and commercial activity with illegal activities.”
Apple manufactures most of its products in China and the country is its second-largest market for Apple products.
Initially it rejected the app that showed not only police movements, but also if tear gas is used and other protester-specific features. The demonstrations that started over now-shelved extradition bill in March have turned into weekly riots with radical groups of protesters vandalizing properties, beating people for supporting Beijing and attacking police.
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