PopVote is a voting app that provides the freedom to the users to vote for a party during elections. It is being used by the Chinese pro-democracy politicians to connect to the citizens and get to know their opinions. The app was smoothly accepted by Google Playstore, however, was excluded from the Apple store. There seemed to have been a bug in the App, for which Apple excluded the App. The code was fixed very soon and Apple was requested to add the updated version on its store, and the requests have not been responded to yet.
Edwin Chu, who is an IT advisor for PopVote believes that Apple is censoring the App. The app is just one of the many apps which are excluded from the Chinese and Hong Kong App Stores. Many apps have been removed by Apple itself, while there are many who are self-imposing their operations in these regions. For instance, TikTok ended the access of the app for the users in Hong Kong, with regards to some national law impositions.
Hong Kong is fighting the battle of control online due to these pressures over and above the Government. However, even Apple is dependent on Chinese as it has the biggest manufacturing and supplying chain over there.