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China on Wednesday condemned Apple for an app that allows users to track police activity in Hong Kong.
The People’s Daily, China’s communist-government-run newspaper, said in a blog post on Tuesday that the app called HKmap.live “facilitates illegal behavior” and questioned whether Apple was “guiding Hong Kong thugs,” The Financial Times reported.
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It added that Apple had “betrayed the feelings of the Chinese people,” according to FT.
“The developers of the map app had not hidden their malicious motive in providing ‘navigation’ for the rioters,” the newspaper continued. “Apple chose to approve the app in the App Store in Hong Kong at this point. Does this mean Apple intended to be an accomplice to the rioters?”
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The developer of HKMap.live, who remains anonymous, responded to China’s condemnation of Apple in a Wednesday statement, affirming Hongkonger’s right to free speech.
“Protest is part of our freedom of speech and I don’t think the application is illegal in HK. It merely consolidates information...
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