While the tension between China and the US continues to increase, technology companies continue to be a part of this tension. Apple has been criticized by the Chinese press for providing a map application named HKmap.live on the App Store this week.
HKmap.live, used by users living in Hong Kong and whose content was also created by those users, marked the location of the police. Serving both as an application and as a web service, HKmap also showed the streets closed during the protests in Hong Kong.
Earlier this month, Apple refused HKmap.live's appeal to the App Store, and a few days later, it changed its mind and accepted it. Currently, Apple has completely abandoned its decision, the application has removed from the platform.
“Your app contains content – or facilitates, enables, and encourages an activity – that is not legal … Specifically, the app allowed users to evade law enforcement.”@Appl to law enforcement and law enforcement, which is clearly not the case.
– HKmap.live 全港 抗爭 即時 地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 1, 2019
Apple's statement on the subject was given the following statements:
We built the App Store to be a safe and reliable place to explore apps. We've learned that an application called HKmap.live is used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong. Many interested customers in Hong Kong contacted us about this application, and we began to investigate it immediately. The application demonstrates police positions, and we confirmed with the Hong Kong Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau that the application was used to target and trap the police, threaten public safety, and use criminals to victimize those living in areas where there is no police. This app violates our guidelines and local laws and we have removed the app from the App Store.
HKmap.live developers in their statement CSTCB 's (Hong Kong Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau) there is no evidence for his accusations. It is stated that the application does not support criminal activities in any way and the information added is created by the public as in Facebook, Telegram.
– HKmap.live 全港 抗爭 即時 地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 10, 2019
While Apple does not mention which local laws violate HKMap.live, HKMap.live like Waze continues to be available in the App Store. Although the app has been removed from the App Store, the web version of HKmap.live is available to iPhone users.