Google yanks Hong Kong protester role-playing app

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google has removed a pro-Hong Kong protestor game called The Revolution of Our Times from the Play Store, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It marks the latest Hong Kong-related app to be pulled after Apple removed a crowdsourced mapping app used by protestors and Quartz’s news app. While the game has been removed, a cached version of the Play Store page is still available on Google search (at least for now). As an actual game, there doesn’t seem to be too much here beyond a basic text-based Choose Your Own Adventure-style narrative that tells the story of a protestor. In a statement released to The Wall Street Journal, a Google spokesman explained that the app was removed due to a Play Store policy that... Continue reading…

Google yanks Hong Kong protester role-playing app

Google on Thursday removed from its online marketplace a mobile game that let people play as a Hong Kong protester, saying it violated a policy against cashing in on conflicts.

Thu 10 Oct 19 from TechXplore

Apple removes Hong Kong map app after Chinese criticism

Apple removed a smartphone app that allows Hong Kong activists to report police movements from its online store Thursday after an official Chinese newspaper accused the company of facilitating ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from TechXplore

Apple removes app that allowed Hong Kong protesters to track police, bowing to pressure from Chinese state media

'Poisonous' app aiding 'rioters', claims an editorial in People's Daily, the Communist Party's newspaper

Thu 10 Oct 19 from The Independent

China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police

Apple Inc. has become the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong after the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant for a smartphone ...

Wed 9 Oct 19 from TechXplore

Few convinced by Apple's case for Hong Kong app removal

Apple's removal of an app used to track Hong Kong police leads to claims it was bowing to Beijing pressure.

Thu 10 Oct 19 from BBC Technology

In flip-flop, Apple bans app used by Hong Kong protestors

"The app has been used to target and ambush police" in Hong Kong, Apple claims.

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Arstechnica

Apple CEO Cook defends removal of police-tracking app used in Hong Kong

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Thursday defended the iPhone maker's decision to remove from its app store a police-tracking app used by protesters in Hong Kong, according to a copy of ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Reuters Technology

Google pulls Hong Kong protest game for violating rules against ‘capitalizing on sensitive events’

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google has removed a pro-Hong Kong protestor game called The Revolution of Our Times from the Play Store, according to a report from The ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from The Verge

Apple pulls app used to track Hong Kong police, protesters

Apple Inc has removed an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements, saying it was used to ambush law enforcement, following sharp criticism of the U.S. tech giant by a Chinese ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Reuters Technology

Apple removes Hong Kong protest app, Quartz news app following Chinese criticism

Last week, HKmap, a crowdsourced map app that shared data on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests and police activity in the area, was rejected from the App Store because it “facilitates, ...

Thu 10 Oct 19 from Techspot

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