Apple CEO Tim Cook gestures after opening the newly refurbished Apple Store on Fifth Avenue on September 20, 2019 in New York City.
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Lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate criticized Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday for "censorship" on the occasion of China.
Politicians referred to an episode last week in which Apple removed an app called HKmap.live used by people during the Democrat Democrats to identify where roadblocks or police activity was taking place. Apple said at the time that it had been used to "ambush police" and that it violated Hong Kong law.
The letter was signed by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). It was signed by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).
"We are writing to express our strong concern for Apple's censorship of apps, including a prominent app used by protesters in Hong Kong, at the request of the Chinese government," they wrote in the letter.
"You have said publicly that you want to work with China's leaders to bring about change rather than sitting on the sidelines and yelling at them," the letter states. "We also believe that diplomacy and trade can be democratizing forces. But when a repressive government refuses to evolve, or in fact, when it doubles down, cooperation can be instrumental."
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Apple has extensive business in China. It recorded $ 51 billion of its total $ 265.6 billion in revenue in 2018 from "Greater China", which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its supply chain, which produces over 200 million iPhones per year, is also largely based in China. Cook met a Chinese administrator Thursday, according to Reuters.
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.
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