Tim Cook Cook defends removal of Hong Kong police-tracking app

Tim Cook Cook defends removal of Hong Kong police-tracking app

However, he has not provided any details whatsoever about the information that Apple had received.

"It is no secret that technology can be used for good or for ill". This case is no different. In his letter, Mok goes into detail about how the HKmap.live app has been keeping nonpolitical residents out of the crossfire between demonstrators and police.

Protesters marching peacefully hit the rain-slickened streets of Hong Kong again in multiple locations on Saturday, defying police warnings that they were gathering illegally. National and worldwide debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts. He says a lot of American tech firms are thinking of building manufacturing sites outside China - "they worry the tariffs (imposed by the United States on Chinese-produced goods) may become permanent".

Apple's decision to bar the HKmap.live app, which crowdsources the locations of both police and protesters, from its app store plunges the company into the increasingly fraught political tension between China and the protesters that has also ensnared other USA and Hong Kong businesses.

Apple initially said it was going to block the app but instead made it available for users to download on October 5, the South China Morning Post reported. Individual officers are not displayed on the map, an online version of which is still live: only large concentrations of police are shown, with the stated intention of allowing protestors to avoid rather than confront law enforcement.

Chinese state media this week tore into the app, charging that it was helping "rioters".

"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 victimise residents in the areas, where they know there is no law enforcement", the Apple statement said. The company did not immediately respond to a Gizmodo request for further confirmation or comment.

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The app, HKmap.live, allowed users to see Hong Kong police movements via crowdsourced information as cops in the region continue to brutalise the local population.

We built the App Store to be a safe and trusted place for every user. These ideals are now being tested against the importance of Apple's China business, and against Cook's responsibility to shareholders.

"We abhor this kind of government censorship of the internet, and have great coverage of how to get around such bans around the world", Quartz Chief Executive Zach Seward told The Verge in a statement.

As the developer and @charlesmok, a Hong Kong legislator, have pointed out, the app aggregates reports from Telegram, Facebook and other sources.

The People's Daily newspaper, in its commentary on Tuesday, said Apple did not have a sense of right and wrong, and ignored the truth. "In the Apple Music Store in Hong Kong, there was also a song advocating 'Hong Kong independence.' Such a song was once removed from the music store and has resurrected", wrote the editorial. So on Wednesday Apple reversed itself a second time and removed the app from its app store.

Pro-establishment and democratic lawmakers shouted at each other before the beginning of the session, underscoring the tension and divisions in the Asian financial hub after four months of often violent pro-democracy protests.

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