Apple Angers China through Approval Map Tracker for Hong Kong allow

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Apple Inc.

The company has come to the list of American companies twice in China over Hong Kong protests.

The iPhone maker forwarded an angry response from Chinese state media and consumers when he approved a map app that allows protesters in Hong Kong to track police movements.

Apple is one of the most recognized U. brands in China, and it relies heavily on the country for manufacturing and sales. The giant from The Cupertino, Calif., Was relayed for the app to approve and accused him of showing support to the protesters.

The critics say that HKmap.live-shows that police are present with a dog badge, an insult widely used by police officers during the protests – will help the protesters to commit crimes and avoid arrest.

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HKmap.live is an app for sourcing crowds that depend on user contributions to provide updates on Hong Kong protests.

Map showing different locations in Hong Kong

with live updates.

The Daily People, who was a Communist Party member of Apple, criticized, writing Tuesday Tuesday that “such toxic software” investigates the feelings of the Chinese people. “Apple should be able to distinguish right from wrong with other companies like other companies, and understand that China and Hong Kong would not have a more positive or substantial market. doing well, ”said the commentary.

HKmap.live is available in Hong Kong, the US and elsewhere through the Apple App Store and in Google Play Store. It is not clear whether the Chinese government also has Google scenes. The map app is not available on mainland China, where Apple has destroyed hundreds of applications in recent years to comply with local laws.

Apple did not reply to comments. The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Co., has a commercial agreement to provide news through Apple's services.

Apple is the most recent American business controversial in Chinese sensitivities. Many of the recent events have focused on all four-month anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which is a special Chinese administrative region. Protesters aim to rule Beijing and in many cases focused on branches of Chinese mainland businesses.

The National Basketball Association is firmly standing with Beijing after three Houston Rockets executive to support these objections. This week, New York-based luxury brand

Tiffany

Delete & Delete tweet said some Chinese users with these objections.

Apple did not draw the scoring level covering the NBA in China. Still,

Duncan Clark,

A Beijing-based technology consultant said that the challenge now facing Apple is “to keep Chinese consumers in touch with the Chinese government, but not to the detriment of Western consumers and governments, especially the Trump administration.” T

Apple was criticized in the National University of Ireland in 2017 after revealing that he had acquired about 700 private virtual networks, or VPN, from his Chinese App App by the end of that year. VPN apps enables users to circumvent the so-called Great Firewall of China to access blocked websites. Apple said it was following Chinese laws and regulations.

HKmap.live is a crowded source sourcing app that puts live feeds into its database. The application uses different emotions to provide live updates and traffic information on sites across the city, particularly during protests.

There are some self-explanatory icons, such as feelings of patrols or police wagons. Others require a wider understanding of the objections. For example, water drops are used to indicate the position of water guns used as a police controlled crowd tool. A dinosaur ghost announces a warning to the elite snatch-and-arrest police squad called “stars.”

A backup against the NBA prompted a tweet to support Hong Kong protesters showing how difficult it is to do business in China – and the difficult online companies must be treading. Composite Photo: Crystal Housing

According to the developer

Twitter

Apple kept this month since it was for sale on its App Store, saying it could be used to avoid law enforcement. Later days, on October 4, the developer said that Apple approved the application.

“I don't think the application is illegal in Hong Kong,” said the app's developer in an interview. The developer, who refused to give his or her name, stated safety concerns, that the application only consolidates publicly available information, for example, on Telegram, an application that was used by protesters to communicate to do.

Little is known about the developer, who is donating through bitcoin, the anonymous criptocurrency, to support the app and other projects.

The Chinese Communist Party Youth League on Tuesday drew attention to HKmap.live when criticizing the app, and Apple, a Chinese Weibo, Twitter-like service. The former condemnation of effort from Chinese internet users. “Support Chinese brands and time to take Apple off the shelf,” one person said.

On Weibo, a hashtag that impressed Apple helped to publicize Hong Kong's police movements was about 14 million times on Wednesday evenings.

Traditionally, hardware has been concentrated, in recent years, Apple has placed more emphasis on expanding services such as its App Store business, which involves dealing with content.

In Apple, hundreds of critics of the company based in the United States, Ireland and China carry out vetting of third-party apps. They evaluate apps to ensure that they comply with company guidelines and are complete and compatible.

Developers of rejected apps can appeal to a review board, which ultimately reports to Apple's marketing chief t

Phil Schiller,

who oversees the App Store.

Apple's business model was examined in the context of the U-China trade war which began last year. Dependence on the Chinese market means that Apple is exposed if Beijing decides to decide against the United States by placing a nationalist attitude among consumers to push American goods sales.

Apple is already dealing with slide sales in China, where domestic competitors sell as Huawei Technologies Co., Ireland. phones with similar features to the iPhone at lower prices.

Write Yoko Kubota at yoko.kubota@wsj.com

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