Apple bans Hong Kong protest location app

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  1. RussP

    RussP Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Apple bans Hong Kong protest location app

    Apple has removed a crowd-sourced app that tracks the location of protesters and police in Hong Kong.

    For some, the app was seen as a way for protesters to stay safe, while others saw it as a way to evade the police.

    Apple told app creators it "facilitates, enables, or encourages an activity that is not legal" - but it is still available on Google's app store.

    Apple has not said whether the decision to ban it was in response to a request from the Chinese authorities...

    'Sucking up'
    HKmap Live gathers reports from chat app Telegram to show users the locations of spots where the police are patrolling and areas where tear gas has been deployed.

    Explaining its removal, Apple said it "allowed users to evade law enforcement"...

    In a tweet in response to its removal, the app's developers said they believed it was a bureaucratic error rather than censorship.

    "Everything can be used for illegal purpose on the wrong hand. Our app is for info, and we do not encourage illegal activity," they said.

    But not everyone had such a benevolent view.

    Techno-sociologist Prof Zeynep Tufekci, said that many other mapping apps could be used for the same purpose,

    "It reports locations and does nothing else. Maybe this really is Apple sucking up to China," she tweeted...
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Hmmmm...
     
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    Sucking up..............naw.................by removing the app, it is like there are no protests going on, problem solved.
    Isn't that how communism always operates?
     
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  3. Will Beararms

    Will Beararms Millennium Member

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    Apple is not going to offend the host country of their worker drones.
     
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    jeanderson Making America great again! Platinum Member

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    If there was an App that helped Antifa avoid police in this country, Apple would have no problem with it.
     
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    Was actually going to make that point.

    I would bet plenty of people complaining the ap going down in china, would complain of its use here by antifa.
     
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    Not so much, my complaint would be with the people using the app.......................like a knife or gun, it all depends on how it is used.
     
  7. rock_castle

    rock_castle Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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    Big tech is not a friend of the people.
     
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    This ^^^^^^
    BAMMMMMMMM...!!!!!! NAILED IT...!!!!!
     
  9. larry_minn

    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    IMO if you are protesting the government, hiding you ID while doing it... Why would you have your phone on you?
    If I was young enough to be doing that. My phone would be far away from me. Likely with some friends. If anything a pay, as you ho phone and I would only text other open phones. (Never my own, friends)...
     
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    BMH Lifetime Member

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    A few years ago someone put out an app that told illegal immigrants crossing in from Mexico, places where they could go to avoid US Border Patrol. I think someone brought up the point that US Border Patrol could download the app to find them. Not exactly the same situation in Hong Kong once the police radio in their location, but the app might tell the police where the protestors are gathering.
     
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    So if I'm part of the Police planning. If a radio call starts "this is admin 5 ...." Basicly any radio call with admin a odd number. Agree with call if aimed at you but continue to prior location.
    Set up a couple known false transmission labels..