WASHINGTON – Apple said on Wednesday it had removed an iPhone application allegedly used by anti-government protesters in Hong Kong to track and attack police.
The multinational technology giant said in a statement that the Hkmap.live application was no longer available on iPhone App Store.
“We have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in the areas where they know there is no law enforcement,” the Apple statement said.
It added that “this app violates our guidelines and local laws.”
Apple’s decision comes a day after the People’s Daily – the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China – criticized the multinational for allowing the application to be used on its mobile devices.
“Providing a gateway for ‘toxic apps’ is hurting the feelings of the Chinese people,” the paper said, confirming that Hkmap.live opened the door to violent protests.