Apple is known to be one of the companies which protects the privacy and focuses on user security. For this reason, people like to use the iPhones and other Apple products compared to Android devices which are more vulnerable. However, a fresh new controversy regarding Apple has come to light which is regarding an app available on the App Store. An iOS app named HKmap was reportedly approved by Apple which was criticized by Chinese state media. As the Chinese media was saying that HKmap is used by Hong Kong protestors to track the police.
As per a report, protestors in Hong Kong used the app to attack the police by tracking their location and movement. Also, the app showed the location of the security forces so accurately that they were able to hide even before the security forces were around the area. Since then, Apple has bowed to the Chinese pressure and have removed the controversial app from its App Store.
However, that decision has also been controversial because Apple first rejected the app from its App Store. But Apple later approved this app inside the App Store for unspecified reasons. Once again, the app has been de-listed a week after the approval. Reportedly, the HKmap app “provides information about the location of pro-democracy demonstrations, street closures and police activity”.
Once the app was approved by Apple, China Daily reported that the HKmap app enabled “rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts,” and added that “Business is business, and politics is politics…Apple has to think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision.” According to the HKmap app developers, Apple de-listed its app saying that it endangered law enforcement and residents but the developers say they disagree with it.