Tim Cook Believes Removing Hong Kong Protest App Is The Best Protection For Apple Users
Jyotis - Oct 12, 2019
According to Tim Cook, as reported by Reuters, the tech company’s decision was based on some "credible information” given by both Apple users and Hong Kong police.
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Right after eradicating a Hong Kong protest app called HKmap.live out of its platform, Apple has been facing lots of mixed opinions. However, the company’s CEO Tim Cook has just expressed his belief that what Apple has done is completely exact.
Before the incident took place, China Daily made a criticism about Apple’s adding the Hong Kong protest app in its App Store. This daily newspaper is owned by the Communist Party of China (CPC). However, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his opinion via an internal letter as follows: “We believe this decision best protects our users.”
According to Tim Cook, as reported by Reuters, the tech company’s decision was based on some “credible information” given by both Apple users and Hong Kong police. These sources pointed out that this app became a tool for those who wanted “maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present.” Such behavior obviously violated guidelines on forbidding personal harm in the App Store.
Some said that the HKmap.live didn’t reveal the real locations of individual officers. That means bad guys couldn’t use it to attack law enforcement and what Cook has been concerned about seems nonsense. Also, this app hasn’t shown any sign pointing out that it is used to endanger both police and citizens.
Not to mention the HKmap.live, Ware, as well as many other applications in the App Store are collecting information concerning the locations of police. Therefore, in spite of Cook’s effort on quenching the argument, many seem to disagree with this decision.