Cryptocurrency is being used to fight an app that tracks the movements of the Hong Kong police through crowdsourced data through an app created by HKmap.
Live and launched on 5 October shows real-time locations of Hong Kong police vehicles, riot and special tactical police and locations where tear gas has been fired, as well as directions of where protests should move.
Users crowdsource information on the App through a Telegram bot as well as similar channels. The App accepts crypto donations to sustain it, therefore, making it possible to combat the now out of hand protests by blocking cryptocurrency donations.
In the past few months, Hong Kong has become notorious for tyrannical centralization. There have been intense protests that have lead to civil unrest and even financial sabotage with ATMs drained with money.
In the wake of the demonstrations marked by substantial recession, there has been an increase in the trading volume of Bitcoin as people in Hong Kong are looking for financial freedom through Bitcoin.
The ban on crypto donations is aimed at fighting back the protests, which started in June as peaceful rallies in opposition to contentious legislation.
App pulled down by Apple
The App which tracks Hong Kong the movement of Hong Kong police has also been pulled down by Apple after the American tech giant found that it was in violation of its local laws and company guidelines.
Part of the statement by Apple regarding the issues read:
“We have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the App [HKmap.Live] 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. This App violates our guidelines and local laws, and we have removed it from the App Store.”
In its response, HKmap.Live tweeted that it never promotes or solicits donations for criminal activities. It termed Apple’s decision as “clearly a political decision to suppress freedom and human rights in Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong Free Press(HKFP) has also experienced similar occurrences where BitPay suspended donations of Bitcoin to their platform because of providing uncensored reports and happenings in the area.
BitPay has had a bad reputation in the cryptocurrency world due to centralized control of decentralized Bitcoin funds-as a payments processor. The company also allegedly rejected a generous $10, 000 donations to Amazon Watch at the time of the Amazon rainforest fires with claims of being large.