Apple reverses ban on HKmap.reside app tracking Hong Kong protests & police / Boing Boing


A bit of superior news for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and the app developers attempting to assistance them not get injured or killed by police.

Apple has reportedly reversed its selection to ban the app HKmap.reside, which makes it possible for customers to track protests and police activity in Hong Kong. The earlier move to ban the app was noticed by several as acquiescence to China’s foreign policy, more than the urgent demands of Apple customers.

(Our Cory Doctorow has written about the app previously right here at Boing Boing.)

As Cory explained when Apple yanked HKMapLive:

Hkmap Reside is a crowdsourced app that makes use of reports from a Telegram group to track the places of protesters, police, and website traffic, as properly as the use of antipersonnel weapons like tear gas, mass arrests of people today wearing t-shirts connected with the protest movement, and mass transit closures in proximity to demonstrations (it really is a bit like Sukey, the British anti-kettling app).

The escalation of indiscriminate violence by Hong Kong’s police has driven mainstream opposition to the Chinese state and the Hong Kong authorities. The protests continue to develop, the the police continue to attack households, elderly people today, bystanders, and the primary physique of protesters, with no mercy or quarter — which includes the on-camera, point-blank shooting of an unarmed, nonviolent protester. In this context, Hkmap is not just a way for protesters to evade police, it really is a survival lifeline for innocent people today facing an occupying army of sadistic armed thugs.

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News reports on today’s selection by Apple to restore HKMapLive to the App Shop:

On Friday, Apple reversed the selection and the app has been authorized for sale in Hong Kong. “Apple ultimately created the correct selection,” the developer stated.

The developer stated the app is constructed to “show events happening” in Hong Kong, but what customers decide on to do with that details is their option. “We do not encourage any suggestions on the map in basic. Our ultimate objective is security for everybody.”

On Twitter, the developer had argued that the rejection was unfair due to the fact other apps, such as Google’s Waze, assistance drivers prevent website traffic cameras and police. Apple is assuming that HKmap.reside customers are lawbreakers “and hence evading law enforcement, which is clearly not the similar,” the developer wrote on Twitter. By contrast, the app was authorized for download on Android phones by way of a “quick method,” the developer added.

HKMapLive says they are nonetheless not reside but in the retailer, having said that…


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