Like many things in life, the relationship between Apple and the China It has its ups and downs. As if the trade war between the eastern power and the United States was not enough, the company is now being criticized for approving the distribution of an app that provides users with location and data. police activities in Hong Kong.
For those who are unaware of what is happening on the other side of the planet, Hong Kong has seen a surge of popular demonstrations against some key decisions of the current government. The protests have been going on for almost four months and are not expected to cease.
Now the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, attacked Apple for allowing the distribution of apps on the App Store that track police movement around Hong Kong, often used by protesters during the demonstrations. The information is from Reuters.
In the publication, the newspaper did not specifically mention the name of apps (as there are some, such as HKmap), but said Apple was "pleading" with protesters for "favoring them with such apps". They also questioned whether the company was "thinking clearly".
O People's Daily also suggested that Apple has no "sense of right and wrong and ignored the truth." The newspaper said that by making apps like these available on the App Store, Ma was "opening the door" for violent protesters.
Allowing the use of toxic software is a betrayal of the feelings of the Chinese people.
The Cupertino giant is the latest foreign company to receive the Chinese government's barbs over the protests in Hong Kong; The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the American clothing brand Vans also engaged in controversy over the demonstrations.
Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment. We'll see how this clash (and the US-China trade war) unfolds over the next few weeks.
via the guardian
Update by Bruno Santana 10/09/2019 19:08
And c is another chapter of history: a few hours after the publication of the critics in People's DailyApple removed from the Chinese App Store at Beijing's request the news site app Quartz, which is doing a thorough coverage of the protests in Hong Kong. Site domains have also been disabled in the country's territory, as reported by publisher John Keefe:
Let's see where this whole story goes
Update II by Luiz Gustavo Ribeiro 10/10/2019 s 08:28
And we have one more twist in the case: The HKMap Live app, which had already been taken from the App Store and later restored, was taken out of the app store again, probably as a reaction from Apple to the Chinese government critics.
After removing the app store app (and the newspaper app) Quartz, as mentioned above), the company made public its position on the subject, stating that the app violates App Store guidelines by “threatening public safety”:
We created the App Store to be a safe and reliable place to discover apps. We found that an app, HKmap.live, was used to compromise law enforcement and harm Hong Kong residents. Many concerned customers in Hong Kong contacted us about this app and we immediately started investigating it. The app displays police locations and we checked with the Hong Kong Cyber Crime and Technology Agency that the app was used to attack and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no such thing. law enforcement. This app violates our guidelines as well as local laws, so we removed it from the App Store.
The app developer denied Bloomberg any accusations made by Apple: “We disagree with Apple's claim that our app endangered anyone in Hong Kong.”
About app removal Quartz, Apple sent a warning saying the software "includes illegal content in China." The company did not specify what kind of content it was; nevertheless, the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Zach Seward, (and rightly) fumed over Apple's decision by the Chinese government:
We abhor this kind of internet government censorship and have great coverage on how to get around these bans around the world.
Undoubtedly, this is a very delicate situation that has come to involve companies and services of major importance to the population, including access to information and technology. We will continue to follow the next chapters.
via The New York Times