After Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily called out Apple for hosting HKmap.Live, an app which tracks and displays presence of police in Hong Kong, on its App Store, the tech company has pulled down the controversial application.

According to People’s Daily the app “facilitates illegal behaviour,” as the app 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.

However, HKmap.Live has a website and an Android version still available. The app which started on October 5  has been up for less than a week and information is crowdsourced by users through a Telegram bot and similar channels.

In a statement Apple said: “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 victimise 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 statement on twitter said that the app disagrees with Apple and Hong Kong Police.

China’s sensitivity towards criticism of its policies amidst Hong Kong protests seems to be on an all time high and hence Apple facing a fierce criticism from its mouth piece is just one of the many incidents that has taken place. The Chinese government also banned NBA games from its state TV after a team official tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protesters.