Apple Removes Hong Kong Cop-Tracking App From Its Digital Store

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Hong Kong: Apple removed an app that citizens and protesters in Hong Kong used to track police activity saying it violated rules because it was used to ambush police.

The US tech giant had come under fire from China over the app, with the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper calling the app “poisonous” and decrying what it said was Apple’s complicity in helping the Hong Kong protesters.

The removal, which Apple announced late Wednesday, followed criticism in Chinese state media. Apple said it pulled HKmap.live because of concerns it endangered law enforcement and residents.

The app’s developer confirmed the removal on its Twitter account saying it opposed the decision because there is no evidence that the app has been used to target and ambush police.

Apple also has deleted hundreds of apps from its mainland China app store in recent years, including its removal of New York Times apps in 2017, which Apple said violated local regulations.

Recently, Apple removed the news outlet Quartz’s app from its App Store in China. Apple said it removed Quartz because Chinese authorities said it did not comply with local law.

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