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What you need to know
- Chinese state media has denounced Apple's decision to allow HKmap.live to be published on the App Store.
- The piece comes from People's Daily, a Chinese Communist party "mouthpiece".
- Article described Apple's conduct as "unwise", "imprudent" and "a betrayal of Chinese people's feelings".
Chinese state media has denounced Apple's decision to allow a Hong Kong map app on its app store, describing the move as "unwise", "imprudent" and "a betrayal of the Chinese people's feelings."
As reported by The Guardian
The piece is also purported to have criticised Apple over the fact that "Glory to Hong Kong", something of an unofficial anthem of the protests in Hong Kong, was available to download/stream on Apple Music.
As the report notes:
As previously reported, Apple initially rejected the app over concerns it would allow users to evade law enforcement, before changing its mind and allowing the app to be published.
On the English version of the People's Daily website is a slightly different variation of the post titled 'Is Apple helping HK rioters engage in more violence?' which states:
The piece goes on to condemn Apple for abandoning its "social responsibilites" and allowing the violence in Hong Kong to escalate. It concludes by stating:
The news come in wake of a similar state condemnation of the NBA after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to Twitter in support of Hong Kong. That article is simply titled "You cannot make money from China while insulting the country."
The news of the People's Daily article is just the latest episode in what is turning out to be a rather troublesome saga for Apple. The HKmap.live app uses crowdsourcing to track the location of police vehicles, armed officers and incidents in the city of Hong Kong. The app is currently the most downloaded app in the travel category of the HK App Store. Interstingly enough, Chinese media made no mention of Android or Google, despite the fact that the app is also available to download via the Google Play Store and has been downloaded 10,000 times.
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