Apple has banned an app that allows people in Hong Kong to keep track of protests and police activity in the city state, claiming such information is illegal.
“Your app contains content – or facilitates, enables, and encourages an activity – that is not legal … specifically, the app allowed users to evade law enforcement,” the American tech giant told makers of the HKmap Live on Tuesday before pulling it.[…]
Apple has made defense of citizens’ rights a key differentiator in its technology and painted itself as a business that will stand up to unreasonable requests by the authorities who wish to use its technology to bypass current laws – in the US at least. That Cupertino chose to ban the app without discussing the issue with the app’s developers and has given a very limited, and quite possibly incorrect, explanation as to why, has infuriated many.
Is anybody really surprised by this? Apple is entirely beholden to the genocidal, oppressive, totalitarian Chinese regime, and they care more about money than they do about human lives, as was recently evidenced by their entirely tone-deaf response to the iPhone 0days that were used to aid in the Uighur genocide. Insular American and European media and Apple bloggers aid in maintaining this facade, and are complicit in Apple’s unwavering support of the murderous Chinese regime.
Day in day out, Apple shows its true face, and every single time, American and European media and westerners act all surprised. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
I’ve made the argument many times. Allowing corporations to censor and control our devices grants state actors the same capabilities by extension. If we’re not vigilant (and we don’t particularly seem to be), the restrictions and corporate controls we’ve got now by way of private corporate greed may become a recipe for the totalitarian all-controlling governments depicted in 1984.
Of course we’re all conditioned to blame china (and to be sure they do deserve blame over humanitarian conditions and poor democracy), but even in the west we don’t have the luxury of non-interfering governments. The US has got secret courts designed to side step the constitution and they use secret gag orders to prevent the electorate and even legislators from being wise to their actions. Meanwhile the corporations are not too bothered so long as they’re making money.
“Allowing corporations to censor and control our devices grants state actors the same capabilities by extension”
Is “Free Software”, as in FSF, a solution? Or do we have to regulate corporations not to censor? Which requires state action and of course they will not act against themselves. What is the solution? Competition and market forces are got getting us there. Consumers are effectively total collaboration with corporations via their purchasing choices. However they don’t really have a choice.