A group of representatives and senators in the US have requested Apple CEO Tim Cook to reinstate HKmap Live, a controversial app used by Hong Kong protestors.

HKmap Live App Reinstatement Requested by US Lawmakers

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Ted Cruz are among the notable personalities that sent the letter that requested the HKmap Live to be restored in the App Store.

The app was first pulled from the virtual shelves since October 3 due to legality concerns. It was reinstated shortly, but was criticized by People’s Daily, a state news publication as being ‘reckless and unwise’, and said that the app was used to perform violent acts by rioters.

HKmap Live was removed again on October 13, this time for violating local laws and App Store guidelines.

The US lawmakers have also contacted Robert Kotick, Activision Blizzard CEO in his decision to ban pro-democratic protest players, including an individual who participated in an interview during a Hearthstone tournament.


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