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Today I will be asking CFIUS to review #TikTok’s acquisition of https://t.co/0wGGsvV96T.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 9, 2019
Ample & growing evidence exists that TikTok’s platform for western markets, including the U.S., are censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.
An anonymous source provided an @Apple internal email from @tim_cook https://t.co/CNmuzPFxaf— HKmap.live 全港抗爭即時地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 10, 2019
Tim said Apple received "credible information" the App is used for illegal activity, therefore the App is illegal.
We also received incredible information that those guy used iPhone.
5. Most of the contents are user-generated, and we allow users to down vote for moderator review. Moderator will delete contents that "solicit, promote, or encourage criminal activity". Repeated attempt will be banned.— HKmap.live 全港抗爭即時地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 10, 2019
Arguing HK protestors employed an app to ambush police, when the argument came from a state-run paper is irresponsible.— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) October 10, 2019
Do some reporting. Talk to people on the ground. Don’t both sides this and justify a trillion dollar co kowtowing to a gov based solely on what that gov says. pic.twitter.com/uAdN52u1GD
Apple's China week:— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) October 10, 2019
- removed the Taiwan flag emoji from iOS 13 for users in Hong Kong
- removed the Quartz news app from the Chinese App Store over its Hong Kong protest coverage
- removed HKmap, a crowdsourced mapping app used by Hong Kong residents https://t.co/ZRTcmnXehN
So @hkmaplive has shared what purports to be an internal email from Tim Cook to Apple employees. As a user of the app, and an observer of the Hong Kong protests, I would like to address two serious allegations in this email that I believe are false. https://t.co/rLT7xhVO6c pic.twitter.com/YYNwlFGHvP— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 10, 2019
Meanwhile, Google has suspended an Android-only app, "Revolution of Our Times," a role-playing mobile game that puts you in the shoes of a Hong Kong protester, able to buy protective gear while also facing the risk of arrest or death.@HongKongFP https://t.co/JFDH1rxoc6— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) October 10, 2019
Last week, Apple rejected a Hong Kong maps app that let protesters track police. Critics speculated Apple was trying to appease China, but lacked proof.— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) October 9, 2019
Yesterday, Apple approved the app on appeal, and Chinese state media blasted the company. So, yeah. https://t.co/ulttx6o7Je pic.twitter.com/RKVDp6Th9j
Mr. Cook owes his employees a truthful explanation of why Apple chose to ban this app. At best, he has taken the words of the hostile police force the app is designed to protect people from at face value, without checking his facts. At worst, he's not interested in the facts.— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 10, 2019
oh hey, Kibler's stepping down from casting hearthstone events. If you don't know him he's like a huge card game celeb with tons of fans and pull. He's "professional" about it and avoids directly attacking blizzard's politics but him ditching their competitive play is kinda huge. https://t.co/2RDqxzejWO— It's Me, Hag! (@PunishedHag) October 10, 2019
While @Apple flip-flops and kowtows, @GooglePlay doesn't care because it has zero China biz. Anyway, Apple's Safari browser will take you there if you want: https://t.co/uD9c0EHnhv, until HK Gov tries to block it with Emergency Regulations. https://t.co/ku41PYV5uA— Webb-site (@webbhk) October 10, 2019
truth. HK police sightings apps, maps, and Telegram channels are used to *get away* from police. There's an argument that it *assists* HKPF because they want ppl to scatter when they start raising flags & shooting. Ppl on the ground often don't know where to go, partly sorrounded https://t.co/xc6fog7Uid— dr. trey (@Comparativist) October 10, 2019
Anyway I made a joke about this companies allowing china to dictate policy thing but honestly it's not joke worthy.— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 10, 2019
1. Companies must comply with local laws to do business
2. Business is the point of a company
3. Tech companies, however, go on endlessly about doing good and making humanity better and moral compassing left and right.— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 10, 2019
Can't have it both ways. Either you have a moral stance and you trade with that multiple, or you shut up about it and become ruthlessly amoral.
Chinese game companies have grown huge not just because of market size, but because the government subsidizes them. They get free land, free offices, and huge infusions of cash.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
This cash was and is used to do expand and buy up stakes in US gaming companies.
Big backlash against e-sports giant Activision Blizzard for suspending a player who voiced support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests during a live broadcast. People are tiring of businesses extending China's censorship worldwide. https://t.co/Qf9SLEUqDY pic.twitter.com/AdrtpjJ9rX— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 10, 2019
Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions. China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone. https://t.co/Cx3tkWc7r6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 8, 2019
2. There is 0 evidence to support CSTCB's accusation that HKmap App has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement.— HKmap.live 全港抗爭即時地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 10, 2019
We thought economic growth and technology would liberate China.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) October 9, 2019
Instead, it’s corrupted us.
We’ve been wrong about China for 40 years. It’s time we understood the cost.
My column on our bad bargain with the world’s most powerful totalitarian state: https://t.co/JcX3RIjO9u
I have watched China slowly take over as the dominant investing force in gaming and movies over the years. It’s a shame US companies never believed as strongly as China and Asia in investing in games, but this allowed China to have unprecedented influence over our media.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Breaking: Effective immediately, Blizzard has removed Hong Kong Hearthstone player blitzchung from Hearthstone Grand Masters, rescinded all his prize money, and have suspended him from pro play for one year for his recent interview.— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 8, 2019
Statement below https://t.co/ByI8vrZk1a pic.twitter.com/3h6jKYezMQ
I’ve seen firsthand the corruption of Chinese gaming companies, and I was removed from a company I founded (after Blizzard) for refusing to take a 2 million dollar kickback bribe to take an investment from China. This is the first time I’ve ever spoken pubically about it.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Scoop: Blizzard employees walked out of work yesterday over the company's decision to ban a pro-Hong-Kong professional Hearthstone player. They held an all-day protest at the Orc statue in the center of the company's Irvine campus. https://t.co/bWNbMiovws— Blake Montgomery 💀 (@blakersdozen) October 9, 2019
Mr. Cook says the app is "in violation of Hong Kong law," but neither he or anyone else at Apple has specified which law this is. At a press conference today, Hong Kong authorities didn't know either, and deferred all questions on the matter to Apple. https://t.co/5oD2MkXl4t— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 10, 2019
https://t.co/B2eSzeUlvw via @NYTimes When will US consumers boycott all @Apple products and China products and any company (including @NBA ) that yields to dictatorial censorship and economic extortion by China. Chinese government beware - You need US consumers.— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) October 10, 2019
Unfortunately, US and European companies are loath to take risks and invest in game companies legally as much as China was. China remained one of the few places mid tier studios could get funding.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
So again, China influence grew. I’m sure this is the same for movies as well.
But Mr. Cook also owes an explanation to the people of Hong Kong who are marching in the millions to fight for values he claims to profess. I urge Mr. Cook to come to Hong Kong and meet with Mr. Mok, with first aiders, young demonstrators, and see the situation for himself.— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 10, 2019
The same week Chinese state media skewered Apple for approving an app that helps Hong Kong protesters track police, the Chinese government appears to have gotten Apple to pull the Quartz app there.— Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) October 9, 2019
More context: Apple pulled the @nytimes app in China in late 2016. https://t.co/V0W6F23NCT
“Apple’s deep business interests in China, which include a majority of its consumer electronics supply chain, mean that in almost all cases, it abides by the country’s censorship policies and its sensitive reactions to any and all criticism of the Chinese government.” https://t.co/TYQPM66fbN— Laurie Chen (@lauriechenwords) October 10, 2019
As I wrote yesterday in Pro Rata newsletter: US companies are in no-man's land when it comes to China -- in part because of a lack of D.C. leadership.— Dan Primack (@danprimack) October 10, 2019
It's very different to inject oneself into domestic politics vs. foreign, and WH is inconsistent on messaging, thus no cover.
2 yrs ago Apple removed the NYT app from the Chinese App Store.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) October 10, 2019
I argued app censorship (vs web blocking) was a more dangerous kind of censorship — gives the gov a central point to block. You can’t easily bootleg an app that’s gone.
I was right!https://t.co/m597EHcbRa https://t.co/MKRxRbldnq
These days, I keep thinking about an old line, paraphrased: "There's a right to free speech, but that speech may also come with a cost."— Semil (@semil) October 10, 2019
Blizzard appearing very hypocritical here. Hearthstone player was punished for a political statement, which is against the rules, but Blizzard's response was overboard, and seems equally political. via @bmkibler: https://t.co/JcOZFXVvxU pic.twitter.com/xaKSlVCw7a— dead cameron (@dellcam) October 9, 2019
The second, related allegation is that the app helps "victimize individuals and property where no police are present". Again, does Mr. Cook have any evidence for this claim? The app does not show an absence of police, it shows concentrations of police, tear gas, riot flags etc.— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 10, 2019
just as the NBA's original Chinese Weibo statement was pretty harsh on Daryl Morey compared to the English statement, Blizzard's official Hearthstone Weibo post made an additional comment condemning blitzchung and defending 'the pride of China'https://t.co/uG6fjpcYhB pic.twitter.com/HBGdjDlwVm— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 9, 2019
7. The majority of user review in App Store that suggest HKmap IMPROVED public safety, not the opposite.— HKmap.live 全港抗爭即時地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 10, 2019
I take a huge risk by saying this. China monitors all social media and I know this means that we will probably never get an investment from China for my new MMO, and probably never get a license to operate there.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
"Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday asked the U.S. government to open an investigation into TikTok, the wildly popular, Chinese-owned social media app," reports @washingtonpost. Read the full article here: https://t.co/XbRIUaTT58 pic.twitter.com/YQPyhDfrJE— China US Focus (@ChinaUSFocus) October 9, 2019
Maybe we should all do what @gruber does whenever he links to a Bloomberg story ("Bloomberg, of course, is the publication that published “The Big Hack..."): Use a disclaimer for every Apple story we write. "Apple, of course, is the company that keeps bowing to Chinese pressure."— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@PranavDixit) October 10, 2019
Activision Blizzard stock is off 1%.— Dan Primack (@danprimack) October 9, 2019
This was the predictable result for app stores and why “storeless” (web) is better. What matters is for everyone to have a voice, which is the default of the web and *antithetical* to a review process. The point of review is to filter: and you’re not in control of the filter. https://t.co/rADI9srG0n— Francisco Tolmasky (@tolmasky) October 10, 2019
But now we are in a situation where unlimited Communist money dictates our American values. We censor our games for China, we censor our movies for China.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Now, game companies are silencing voices for freedom and democracy.
China is dictating that the world be authoritarian.
2/ None of which is to discount the lack of courage, or lack of conviction, that some US companies are showing this week.— Dan Primack (@danprimack) October 10, 2019
This is an interesting test case for Apple in China. Company has cooperated in CCP censorship but recently reversed a decision to remove from its app store an app used by Hong Kong protesters. Now state media accusing Apple of complicity in crime. https://t.co/gyNoch9egi— Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) October 9, 2019
This is a chance for Mr. Cook to make amends by stepping into the arena. He would be warmly welcomed in Hong Kong, he would have a chance to see with his own eyes what is happening here, and he would leave perhaps more in touch with the values that Apple still claims to uphold.— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 10, 2019
3. HKmap App never solicit, promote, or encourage criminal activity.— HKmap.live 全港抗爭即時地圖 (@hkmaplive) October 10, 2019
4. HKmap App consolidate information from user and public sources, e.g. live news stream, Facebook and Telegram
One of better statements about the whole Blizzard against twitter affair regarding the recent Hearthstone incident, it's logical and neutral. 90% of the tweets I have read on this subject have been pure (out)rage. Kudos to Kibler for being professional! https://t.co/OzI7DbRY5Z— Kendric (@KendricSwissh) October 9, 2019
🇭🇰 Breaking ... Confronted with evidence of danger to police and citizens, Apple removes app used to track and target Hong Kong policy, https://t.co/iedsTL84jO, saying it "has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong" https://t.co/BToiFFyh0h— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) October 10, 2019
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#Apple removes #HongKong protest app following Chinese pressure: #Apple's complex relationship with #China has made the headlines again. Just a day after Chinese state media criticized the company for allowing #HKmap in its #AppStore -- and a week after… https://t.co/8JvUedtHgm pic.twitter.com/fpktCSNXaZ— Harald Schendera (@HSchendera) October 10, 2019
Reminder that companies are not your friends. Nobody should be loyal to a product.— MHcharLEE (@mhcharlee) October 10, 2019
It's just as stupid to be an "Apple fan" as it is to be a "Samsung/Google/OnePlus fan". They care about your money, not your feelings. You get nothing for your loyalty. https://t.co/wu6SdjvWvV
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