在我们国庆假期期间，苹果App Store上被发现有一款名为HKmap.live的App，为在我们香港地区进行非法活动的暴徒们，提供避让执法部门的服务，苹果这一行为随即遭到国内用户的强烈谴责和反对，到近日苹果公开在App Store下架了HKmap.live，但与暴雪处罚炉石传说选手发表涉港不当言论的事件类似，虽然苹果作出了这个让我们国内用户满意的行动，却又遭到美国本土不少政界人士、群众，甚至苹果本公司员工强烈反对，直斥苹果为金钱利益低头，因为中国大陆是苹果在全球非常重要的市场，现在苹果公司CEO Tim Cook则向开发者们回应了公司的这个决定。
You have likely seen the news that we made the decision to remove an app from the App Store entitled HKmap.live. These decisions are never easy, and it is harder still to discuss these topics during moments of furious public debate. It’s out of my great respect for the work you do every day that I want to share the way we went about making this decision.
It is no secret that technology can be used for good or for ill. This case is no different. The app in question allowed for the crowdsourced reporting and mapping of police checkpoints, protest hotspots, and other information. On its own, this information is benign. However, over the past several days we received credible information, from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau, as well as from users in Hong Kong, that the app was being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present. This use put the app in violation of Hong Kong law. Similarly, widespread abuse clearly violates our App Store guidelines barring personal harm.
We built the App Store to be a safe and trusted place for every user. It’s a responsibility that we take very seriously, and it’s one that we aim to preserve. National and international debates will outlive us all, and, while important, they do not govern the facts. In this case, we thoroughly reviewed them, and we believe this decision best protects our users.