Briefing

China’s state press criticizes Apple over Hong Kong mapping app

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The app crowdsources live locations of protestors, police and traffic blockages as civil disobedience continues to grip the territory. In allowing the app HKmap.live on its App Store, Apple is “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people,” reads an op-ed in the state-run People’s Daily. (The Logic)

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Talking point: Apple originally rejected the mapping app from its App Store earlier this month, saying it encouraged illegal activity, according to the map’s developer; the company reinstated it several days later after the developer appealed. Now that it’s gaining popularity—it has over 3,000 reviews on the App Store—China has taken notice: “Apple has to think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision,” the op-ed states. Tens of thousands of Chinese users of the social media platform Weibo have also condemned Apple. Like the NBA, Apple has a significant financial interest in China, where it’s already had trouble selling its products amid trade-war tensions with the U.S. and the rise of domestic firms like Huawei and Xiaomi. It has not publicly commented on the issue.