Weather hits Hong Kong protests as numbers out on the streets fall

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook has explained why his company made a decision to succumb to China's pressure and remove an app that was being used by Honk Kong pro-democracy protestors.

In just the past week, the National Basketball Association grovelled its way around a tweet from a team executive supporting the protests, while video games published Activision Blizzard banned e-sports competitor Ng Wai "Blitzchung" Chung for showing his support for the movement.

According to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the memo, Cook wrote that HKmap.live was being used to "maliciously target individual officers for violence" and "victimize individuals and property where no police are present".

Both Apple and Google have removed apps from their storefronts due to the continuing protests in Hong Kong. China is also the primary manufacturer of Apple products such as iPhones, it seems extremely unlikely that the firm would leave behind its vast network of suppliers and assemblers who build hundreds of millions of iPhones for the company every year.


The existence of such an app shows that "most of the Hong Kong people, maybe they're really afraid of the police nowadays", she said.

Not all USA lawmakers were appeased. Apple removed the app a few days ago, then reinstated it, then pulled it again on Wednesday, a day after People's Daily, China's state-run news platform published a piece that proposed Apple was complicit in "illegal acts" by helping the protestors "engage in more violence". -China trade deal. Traditional global alliances are crumbling quickly as Trump seeks to align the US with North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey against European allies like the UK, France, and Germany.

"No crime to cover our faces, no reason to enact (anti-mask) law", protesters chanted. "This case is no different", continued Cook, who mentioned that the HKmap.live app allowed "crowdsourced reporting and mapping of police checkpoints, protest hotspots, and other information".

China is Apple's second-largest market next to the USA, and the company has given leverage to China to make demands of Apple that are compliant with the country's government like limiting internet freedom. It's out of my great respect for the work you do every day that I want to share the way we went about making this decision. A growing number of American giants, including Activision Blizzard Inc., find themselves embroiled in controversies over the extent to which their actions are influenced by economic considerations in a vast Chinese market. However, he has not provided any details whatsoever about the information that Apple had received. National and global debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts. "We once believed the App rejection is simply a bureaucratic f [**k] up, but now it is clearly a political decision to suppress freedom and human right in #HongKong", the developer concluded. On its own, this information is benign.


It added that "this app violates our guidelines and local laws".

Hong Kong's metro operator opened all stations on Friday for the first time in a week ahead of another round of anti-government protests, while the city's legislature began its first session since protesters stormed the building in July.

"The majority of user review (s) in App Store. suggest HKmap IMPROVED public safety, not the opposite", it said.

"We have a longstanding policy prohibiting developers from capitalizing on sensitive events such as attempting to make money from serious ongoing conflicts or tragedies through a game", Google said in response to an AFP inquiry.


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