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Apple apparently bans app that allowed Hong Kong protesters to track police movements

Apple appears to have removed the app from the App Store on October 1, the same day police in Hong Kong shot a protester in the chest.

Apple apparently bans app that allowed Hong Kong protesters to track police movements
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Apple has removed an app from the App Store called HKmap Live. The app allowed anyone using it to track both protesters and police movements around Hong Kong. The developers of the app tweeted about its removal by Apple a few days ago, although it’s only received wide notice today.

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What’s interesting, but may be entirely coincidental, is Apple appears to have removed the app from the App Store on October 1, the same day police in Hong Kong shot a protester in the chest. It’s unknown if Chinese or Hong Kong authorities specifically asked Apple to remove HKmap Live or if Apple did so under its own volition.

In a subsequent tweet, the makers of the app say that they suspect Apple’s decision is “more a bureaucratic f up than censorship,” suggesting Apple has misunderstood the purpose of the HKmap Live app. We’ve reached out for comment from Apple about its removal.

Though the app has been removed from the App Store, anyone can still access the web-based version of HKmap Live here.