Apple pulled the map application, HKmap.live, which was used for demonstrations in Hong Kong. Apple has its own reasons for removing the HKmap.live application from their App Store application store.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has e-mailed his employees a lengthy explanation of the company’s decision to remove HKmap.live from the App Store. Cook claims, crowdsourced mapping tools that are useful in the midst of protests taking place in Hong Kong, are misused in a way that can threaten public safety.
“The intended application allows reporting and mapping of police checkpoints, protest hotspots, and other information. However, over the past few days, we have received credible information from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau, as well as users in Hong Kong, the application is used to target individual officers, “Cook wrote in an e-mail to his employees quoted from The Verge, Friday (11/10/2019).
What KHmap.live map application developer do?
Knowing that the HKmap.live map application was removed from the App Store, the developer did not stay silent. The developer rejects Apple’s claim and reiterates the application collects and consolidates information from users, news sources, and social networks such as Facebook and Telegram.
According to the developer, HKmap.live has never displayed a shortage of police in its map, only the area where they gather.
Apple’s decision has received harsh criticism, including from lawmakers. However, Cook’s e-mail did not show signs that the company was reconsidering their decision.
Initially, Apple pulled HKmap.live from the App Store earlier this month. Then, this tech giant eliminates errors and restores them. Just recovered for a while, Apple pulled back the HKmap.live application from the App Store with more compelling reasons.
So far, the HKmap.live map application still continues to function for those who have downloaded it. But, the application cannot be downloaded again from the App Store.