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Apple draws fire from lawmakers for pulling Hong Kong protest app

On Thursday, each Republican and Democratic lawmakers referred to as out Apple and its CEO Tim Cook for the corporate’s determination to take away an app from its retailer that allowed Hong Kong protesters to hint the actions of regulation enforcement.

“An authoritarian regime is violently suppressing its own citizens who are fighting for democracy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) mentioned. “Apple just sided with them.”

Earlier this month, Apple rejected the app, HKmap.stay, from the App Store, but it surely reversed that call just a few days later and made it accessible for obtain. As of Thursday, it’s been taken out of the shop, mainly reversing the unique reversal.

“Apple assured me last week that their initial decision to ban this app was a mistake,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tweeted. “Looks like the Chinese censors have had a word with them since. Who is really running Apple? Tim Cook or Beijing?”

Other Republicans like Sens. Rick Scott (FL) and Tom Cotton (AR) voiced comparable sentiments, calling for Apple to face as much as “Communist China.”

⁦”Apple⁩ is yet one more capitalist who’ll promote rope to communists to hold us,” Cotton mentioned.

In a press release explaining the corporate’s determination to take away the app, Apple mentioned that it had realized that it was “used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong.” For that purpose, Apple mentioned that it violated its guidelines and native legal guidelines and needed to be eliminated.

The builders of HKmap responded to elimination saying, “HKmap App never solicits, promotes, or encourages criminal activity. HKmap App consolidates information from user and public sources, e.g. live news stream, Facebook and Telegram.”

Over the previous week, lawmakers who’re sometimes robust on China, like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Wyden, and Hawley have all put out statements condemning American firms and establishments for banning speech unfavorable towards Beijing.

On Monday, Blizzard banned knowledgeable Hearthstone participant for voicing assist for the Hong Kong protests, and China’s state broadcaster mentioned it will cease displaying Houston Rockets games after a crew supervisor tweeted, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” The tweet has since been deleted.

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