What you need to know
- Facebook will no longer process data requests from Hong Kong authorities following the passage of a new security law.
- The company says that it will wait until the implications of the controversial security law are made clear.
- Telegram will also be following in Facebook's footsteps here.
Facebook will stop handing over data to Hong Kong authorities while it assesses the state's new national security law. The new law, recently come into power, has given privacy advocates some concern that it could be abused to crack down on free speech in the region.
Reporting on the new law, the Wall Street Journal said:
This vagueness in what the law actually empowers authorities to do is what led Facebook to take the steps it has.
Telegram, a privacy-focused WhatsApp competitor, has also decided not to share data with Hong Kong authorities temporarily. Speaking to the Hong Kong Financial Post on Saturday, Telegram's Mike Ravdonikas said:
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