In a uncommon occasion of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its choice to take down an app on the request of the Chinese authorities.
Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Congressional Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Gallagher and Tom Malinowski, the letter was written to “express… strong concern about Apple’s censorship of apps, including a prominent app used by protestors in Hong Kong, at the request of the Chinese government.”
In 2019, it appears the one issues that may unite America’s clashing political factions are the selections made by firms in certainly one of its strongest industries.
At the guts of the dispute is Apple’s choice to take down an app known as HKMaps that was being utilized by residents of the island territory to trace police exercise.
For a number of months protestors have been clashing with police within the tiny territory over what they see because the undue affect being exerted by China’s authorities in Beijing over the governance of Hong Kong. Citizens of the previous British protectorate have loved particular privileges and rights not afforded to mainland Chinese residents for the reason that United Kingdom returned sovereignty over the area to China on July 1, 1997.
“Apple’s decision last week to accommodate the Chinese government by taking down HKMaps is deeply concerning,” the authors of the letter wrote. “We urge you in the strongest terms to reverse course, to demonstrate that Apple puts values above market access, and to stand with the brave men and women fighting for basic rights and dignity in Hong Kong.”
Apple has lengthy positioned itself as a defender of human rights (together with privateness and free speech)… within the United States. Abroad, the corporate’s document is just not fairly as spotless, particularly in terms of strain from China, which is likely one of the firm’s largest markets outdoors of the U.S.
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