It’s been a telling week in American politics, wherein the massive influence wielded by the Communist Chinese on American commerce has been fully exposed. As the National Basketball Association (NBA) struggles to explain why it supports “social justice” in America, but not in Hong Kong, one of America’s largest tech companies flails in the wind to explain why it pulled an application that was used by Hong Kong protestors, who are fighting for democracy against mainland China and the brutal Communist Chinese regime.
As we reported Thursday, Apple nuked HKmaps, used by Hong Kong protestors to alert each other about blocked roads and police presence in the city, from its iOS App Store.
“Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it,” Apple reportedly said in a statement to justify the move. “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.”
Later Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook weighed in on the issue, doubling down on the company’s decision to remove the application.
“It is no secret that technology can be used for good or for ill. This case is no different,” he said in an open letter.
Cook is one of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley, and thus, one of the most powerful in the world. He is, then, familiar with how technology can be used for evil, like to shut down conservative speech and stop the political right from having a platform on the internet.
Cook’s contention is that the Hong Kong protestors – the ones fighting against an omnipresent authoritarian state with unlimited resources – were using the application for evil.
He said Apple made its decision based on “credible information” that the application was being used “maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present.”
There have been few reports of violence or property damage in Hong Kong, despite 18 weeks of protesting from millions of protestors.
“This use put the app in violation of Hong Kong law,” Cook continued. “Similarly, widespread abuse clearly violates our App Store guidelines barring personal harm.”
“National and international debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts,” he finished. “In this case, we thoroughly reviewed them, and we believe this decision best protects our users.”
So, there you have it. The protestors in Hong Kong were using the application to violate Hong Kong’s laws, and thus, in an effort to protect its users from themselves, Apple removed the application. Big Tech knows what’s best for you, and will handle your life accordingly.
According to Cook, the decision has nothing to do with a seething regime in Beijing pressuring the American-based company, which does billions of dollars worth of business in China, to remove the application in a scalding letter from earlier this week.
“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,” China Daily said in a veiled threat to Apple.
China Daily is the official media mouthpiece of the Communist Chinese regime.
“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 media 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.”
But rest assured, Cook and Apple’s decision had nothing to do with protecting its business interests in mainland China at the expense of those fighting for freedom in Hong Kong.