Tim Cook defends Apple's removal of Hong Kong mapping app

Riot police patrol near the police station in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong China

Riot police patrol near the police station in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong China

-China trade optimism, a day after a leaked memo from CEO Tim Cook explained his decision to remove an app from the App Store after complaints from China.

"There is 0 evidence to support CSTCB's accusation that HKmap 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", the app makers tweeted.

"The majority of user review [s] in the App Store ... suggest HKmap IMPROVED public safety, not the opposite", they said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is explaining why his company controversially took offline an app meant to help local Hong Kong residents avoid unsafe areas but was also reportedly used by protesters to track police.

If Apple reinstates HKmap.live to the App Store it could anger the Chinese government, and maybe even the country's population, which seems capable of an organized revolt against western business entities-like the National Basketball Association, for example.

Earlier, the Cupertino-based technology giant removed an iPhone application allegedly used by the anti-government protesters in Hong Kong to track and attack the country's police. He also notes that there have been, "numerous cases of innocent passerby [sic] in the neighborhood injured by the Hong Kong Police Force's excessive force in crowd dispersal situations". The app's anonymous author says it's meant to help people in Hong Kong stay safe by avoiding potentially risky areas.

Greater China is Apple's third-largest market in terms of revenue and has generating $52 billion-about a fifth of the company's total sales-during the past year.

Around 18% ($9.61bn) of Apple's revenue came from China in its third quarter. "Communist Party mouthpiece The People's Daily stated by stocking the program, Apple has been" mixing business with politics, as well as illegal acts".

This, claims Cook, means the app was violating Hong Kong law, and the abuse was violating Apple's App Store guidelines.

Ms Lam's office had requested the afternoon meeting be completely confidential and that Mr Cruz refrain from speaking with the media about it, Mr Cruz told journalists in Hong Kong. "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. But the truth is, few US companies have as much of their business tethered to China as Apple.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has allegedly scrapped a meeting with United States senator Ted Cruz, the highest-profile American politician to visit the city since anti-government protests broke out more than four months ago.

Naturally, the move angered Hong Kong users and democracy activists from all over the world, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has an explanation.

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"Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it", Apple's statement continued.

The latest moves are on top of Beijing's previous demands that Apple remove virtual private network apps from its online store in China.

In recent weeks, a number of high-profile American companies have engaged in censorship at the behest of the Chinese government. On its own, this information is benign.

"This use put aside the app in violation of Hong Kong law".

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