Apple has removed an app that protesters in Hong Kong have used to track police movements and tear gas use, saying the app violated its rules.

The company said the app,, had “been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents”.

Apple initially rejected the app – which uses data from protesters on the ground – from its store.

When it later appeared on the App Store, there was a sharply-worded response in official Chinese media.

The removal then came after “many concerned customers in Hong Kong contacted us”, Apple said.

“We have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police,” Apple said.

The statement added that “criminals have used it to victimise

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