Lawmakers have shown their concern on Apple’s decision to remove HKmap.live app used by Hong Kong protesters.
In a letter that was addressed to Apple’s CEO, Tim Crook, the Congressmen criticized the company for accommodating the Chinese government by shutting down the protesters’ platform.
The letter urges the tech giant to reverse their action by reinstating the app to allow protesters to fight for their basic rights. Apple has also been advised to place value above sales and stand with the right course which is supporting the Hong Kongers.
Apple has not yet issued a response to this, but had earlier on explained their reason for pulling down the app. According to Apple, HKmap.live, which helps crowdsource location of both police and protesters, had violated the company’s policies.
The company went ahead to say that the app was in fact a threat to law enforcement as well as to the residents themselves. To which HKmap tweeted to counter this claim.
Hong Kong has been frenzy with protests since March this year following the debate on an extradition law which sparked riots and demonstration for an even greater democracy.
Protesters who are keen tTechnologyr their basic rights have been at war with the Chinese government that is trying by all means to end the protests. It is with technological advancements like HKmap that the protesters have been able to stay safe and ahead of the law enforcers. Apple’s move was therefore, a massive blow.
However, Hong Kongers have been rated among the most tech savvy protesters the globe has seen thus they would surely come up with another crowdsourcing platform.