Apple removed a smartphone app used by protesters for democracy in Hong Kong late Wednesday when the technology giant surrendered to China's authoritarian government. The HKmap.live app enabled users to view police movements in Hong Kong via crowdsourcing information or while police officers in the region continue to brutalize police local population . Apple had previously banned the app, but only reintroduced it a few days ago to remove it on Wednesday.
The decision to remove the app fell a day after China's state news agency, People's Daily published an article stating that Apple had committed "illegal acts" by being "accomplices" to the demonstrators – people referred to as "rioters" on the propaganda website. The People's Daily also complained that Apple admitted a song "Hong Kong Independence" to be available on its platforms .
Apple has bowed over the last two years to appease the Chinese government, and users in Taiwan emoji the flag withdrawn mainland China and the ban on hundreds of VPNs, among others Forms of Censorship . Taken together, according to Bloomberg News (19459016), China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are the second largest market for Apple after the US. This is a clear financial incentive for the technology company to participate in Beijing (19659006)] Apple has not responded overnight to Gizmodo, but Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman sent a statement in which it was confirmed that the company has removed the app because it "violates our policies and local laws."
"We've created the App Store for you to be a safe and trustworthy place to discover apps," said Apple. "We've heard that an app, HKmap.live, has been used in a way that jeopardizes law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong."
"Many affected Hong Kong customers contacted us about this app, and we started immediately To investigate this, "continued Apple's statement. "The app shows locations of the police and we checked with the Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau in Hong Kong that the app was used to attack the police and endanger public safety. No prosecution.
Hong Kong democracy-promoting protesters have been fully operational in Hong Kong criminals since June, when a controversial extradition law was passed. The region is subject to a "one-country-two-system" agreement that has given Hong Kong some autonomy in terms of governance, but this model is increasingly under attack.
While the extradition law was being pulled, protesters demand democratic reforms and an investigation of police brutality against protesters, which seems to be worsening with each passing week. The leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, reportedly works in the interests of the Chinese government rather than in the interests of her own people, and Hong Kongers demanded their resignation.
The Trump regime has recently blacklisted 28 technology companies for their participation in the system of concentration camps, where an estimated 1 million Uighurs live. But as we have seen with the betrayal of the President to the Kurds this week, alliances in the Trump era can change to a penny. President Trump has reportedly told China's leadership that he has not spoken out in favor of the Hong Kong protesters as long as he has favorable trade conditions with the Chinese government.
And so far the president has kept his word and refused to criticize the Chinese regime on Wednesday in the White House when he spoke about their treatment of the NBA . The NBA has been included in China's politics after Houston Rockets General Director Daryl Morey expressed his support on Twitter for protesters in Hong Kong, a social media service that is not even allowed in mainland China .
"That must be a better business in our view. I think they fully understand it, "said Trump in the way his presidency defines . "I think China has great respect for me, for our country and for what we do. I think they can not believe what they've been through for so long. "
President Trump just really cares about the business like Apple. And it will be a rude shock to many Americans when Trump wakes up one day and decides that he has made what he wants from trade between the US and China. Traditional global alliances are rapidly collapsing as Trump tries to reconcile the US with North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey against European allies such as Britain, France and Germany.
The ban on a pro-democracy app could be the least worry in the coming months, as the liberal world order, earlier under the leadership of the US ]  is turned violently upside down.