China's rulers hit out at Apple over app that monitors police movements

China's rulers hit out at Apple over app that monitors police movements

Hundreds of protesters flooded a Hong Kong court to support the appeals case of a jailed activist on Wednesday as the city continued to clean up from a weekend of unprecedented violence, with the subway system set to close early for the sixth straight day. "Apple jumped into this on its own and mixed together business with politics and commercial activity with illegal activities". HKmap.live uses crowdsourced data, similar to the Waze traffic app. Apple OK'd the app October 4 after the tech giant had previously rejected it, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, citing the app's developer (who was not named).

The headline of the People's Daily commentary carried by its official microblog on Wednesday said: "Protecting rioters - Has Apple thought clearly about this?"

"Does this mean Apple intended to be an accomplice to the rioters?"

Apple initially rejected the submission prior to reversing its decision according to the app's anonymous developer as per the South China Morning Post.

Shares in Apple's Chinese suppliers fell on Wednesday, following the publication of the People's Daily piece. While the newspaper did not name the song it was referring to, it's likely to be "Glory to Hong Kong", which many in the city are calling their "national" anthem. What was its true intention?

"Nobody wants to drag Apple into the lingering unrest in Hong Kong". Apple chose to approve the app in the App Store in Hong Kong at this point.

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Chinese news portals including NetEase reported on Tuesday that Apple's office in China had been given a formal request to remove the "illegal" app with an unspecified deadline.

Poor Apple, always on the losing side of Chinese patriotism, first with the White House ban on Huawei phones that sparked a backlash and a lot of iPhone swapping in Huawei's motherland, and now with the on/off Hong Kong map app.

When asked if China was specifically trying to get Apple to eliminate the app from its store, Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the the country's foreign ministry, said he had no information about that. The Communist Youth League of China also denounced Apple on Chinese social media.

Analysts say Chinese authorities are increasingly wary that the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous global financial hub on China's southern coast, could spread into mainland China and challenge the government in Beijing.

A sticker featuring a picture of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung with Chinese words which read "Liberate Hong Kong".

Some saw the law as an open threat by China - which is under increasing economic strain from its trade war with Washington - to the autonomy of private banks and other businesses run from Hong Kong because extradition could potentially be used to coerce the heads of such firms. Demonstrations have taken on a wider, pro-democracy scope with demands for free elections in Hong Kong.

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