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Apple criticised after Hong Kong tracking app disappears

tracking‘It seems that Apple caved to political pressure from the Chinese government again’.

Apple has “caved to political pressure” after an app disappeared from the store on the iPhone, campaigners have said.

The company has been widely criticised after removing an app used by Hong Kong protestors from its App Store.

The app, known as HKmap.live, gave realtime update on police locations and other information. It was used by both protestors and other Hong Kong citizens to get live information on events around the ongoing protests.

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Germany shooting: 2,200 people watched on Twitch

About 2,200 people watched a gunman’s video of his attack outside a synagogue in Germany before it was removed from video-streaming site Twitch.

Twitch, which is owned by retail giant Amazon, said five people had watched the video as it was broadcast live.

The footage remained online for 30 minutes after the live stream, during which time more than 2,200 people watched it.

Twitch said the video was not promoted in its “recommended” feed.

“Our investigation suggests that people were co-ordinating and sharing the video via other online messaging services,” the company said in a statement.

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UK and US call on Facebook to walk back encryption plans

facebookThe US, Australian and UK governments have asked Facebook to ditch plans to deploy end-to-end encryption across Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

UK home secretary Priti Patel, US attorney general William Barr and homeland security secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton have written to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg urging him to reconsider the social media giant’s planned use of end-to-end encryption on messaging services.