Jack Nicas, reporting for The New York Times:
A day earlier, People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the
Chinese Communist Party, published an editorial that accused Apple
of aiding “rioters” in Hong Kong. “Letting poisonous software have
its way is a betrayal of the Chinese people’s feelings,” said the
article, which was written under a pseudonym, “Calming the Waves.”
“The app displays police locations and we have verified with the
Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the 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,” Apple said in a statement
late Wednesday. “This app violates our guidelines and local laws.”
I still haven’t seen which local laws it violates, other than the unwritten law of pissing off Beijing.
Capitulation is a bad look for Apple.
HKmap remains available on the web, and on the Google Play Store.
★ Thursday, 10 October 2019