Apple banned his Hong Kong protest app from the App Store. Now he wants answers.
An app that tracks police and protests in Hong Kong has been banned — and its creator wants to know why.
HKMap Live crowdsources information — locations of police and ambulance presence, tear gas, water cannons, illegal protests, etc. — from users in real time to help Hong Kong residents navigate a city fraught with conflict.
The app’s web version attracted more than 13,000 users when it launched on Aug. 4, and has since then accumulated almost 40,000 subscribers on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app that has been central to the movement’s organizers.
Its “ultimate goal is safety for everyone,” the app’s administrator and creator, who for safety reasons goes by Kuma, told Mashable via Telegram. Read more…