After prompt allegations from the Chinese state, Apple has removed a app generating controversies from its store, saying it endangers police and residents in Hong Kong .
HKmap.live works by crowdsourcing reports from social media to detect where protests are being held in Hong Kong , location of the police, and extra information, such as whether police are using weapons like tear gas or live ammunition.
While Apple at first dismissed the application since it energized criminal behavior and helped clients “dodge law authorization,” per NPR, the application in the long run went live on the App Store and was accessible for download until it was expelled the previous evening, as indicated by the New York Times.
The application’s vanishing follows a story published yesterday in the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s communist party, that inferred Apple’s expectation was to help the nonconformists, questioning if the tech giant was acting as “an accomplice to the rioters.”
Apple says it “verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB) 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.” Thus, the company deemed HKmap.live to be in violation of “guidelines and local laws.”