Yesterday, we at LauraLoomer.us made the grave mistake of praising Silicon Valley tech giant Apple for allowing an application called HKmaps to remain live on the Apple App Store.
Alas, Apple bent a knee to the Chinese regime and removed the application Thursday, less than 24 hours after our original piece was published.
“Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it,” Apple reportedly said in a statement Thursday. “The app displays police locations and 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 areas where they know there is no law enforcement.”
But the statement was a stark contrast to how the application was reportedly being used Wednesday.
An application called HKmaps, which allows protestors in Hong Kong to see where the local police presence is, and which streets are blocked off, has become the bane of the existence of the Communist Chinese regime, which fired off a seething message at Apple through its state-sanctioned news outlet.
But the Communist Chinese government in Beijing, a brutal regime known for its intolerance of dissent, had been pressuring the company to remove the application.
“Business is business, and politics is politics. Nobody wants to drag Apple into the lingering unrest in Hong Kong. But people have reason to assume that Apple is mixing business with politics, and even illegal acts. Apple has to think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision,” the China Daily said.
China Daily is the official state media outlet in China, known as the mouthpiece for the Communist regime. It was sending veiled threats to Apple to shut down the application, or else.
“Providing a gateway for ‘toxic apps’ is hurting the feelings of the Chinese people, twisting the facts of Hong Kong affairs, and against the views and principles of the Chinese people,” the outlet continued. “Apple and other corporations should be able to discern right from wrong. They also need to know that only the prosperity of China and China’s Hong Kong will bring them a broader and more sustainable market.”
It is important to note that Apple has a massive amount of business in China. Historically, it is where the iPhone and other Apple products have been manufactured and assembled. The company has come under constant fire from human rights activists across the world, given the poor working conditions use of child labor in China.
Apparently, it is not interested in righting those wrongs by supporting democracy in Hong Kong, for which the protestors are clamoring. Instead, Apple has chosen to bend a knee to the brutal regime in order to protect the status quo, and most importantly to Apple, its bottom line.
The good news for the Hong Kong protestors is that the application is still available on the Google Play store for Android devices, and has a web version.
However, the corporate citizenship of Apple remains in question. It is part of a gang of Silicon Valley bullies that actively silence conservatives on their platforms in the United States, and one that is now siding with a communist dictatorship in Beijing.
Are you starting to get the picture yet?
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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