Apple Pulls Mapping App Used by Hong Kong Protesters (Again)
By Michael Kan
10 October 2019
Last week, Apple rejected and then approved a mapping app Hong Kong protestors have been using to avoid police crackdowns. But the app is once again banned on apparent pressure from the Chinese government.
Late Wednesday night, Apple pulled HKmap.live, a crowdsourcing tool that’s enabled Hong Kong residents to share information on nearby police activity, traffic jams, and subway stations that remain open. According to the app’s developers, pro-democracy protestors, journalists, and even Hong Kong government supporters have been using HKmap.live to navigate the city as large-scale political protests continue.