Facebook, Google And Twitter Warn They Could Withdraw Their Services In Hong Kong | WABNEWS

HONG KONG – Tech giants Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, and Twitter Inc have privately warned the Hong Kong government that they could stop offering their services in the city if authorities go ahead with planned changes to Hong Kong protection laws. data, The Wall Street Journal reported. The laws could hold tech companies liable for maliciously sharing user information online, the newspaper added. A letter sent by an industry group that includes internet firms said that companies are concerned that the rules envisaged to deal with doxing could put their workers at risk of criminal investigations or lawsuits related to what users published online, the Journal reported. Facebook rules out interoceanic cable plan to connect California, Taiwan and Hong Kong A 12,000-kilometer submarine cable that would have connected these three points will no longer be installed. The project was scrapped due to tensions between the United States and China. Doxing is an act of revealing users’ personal information, such as real name, home address, or workplace, without the user’s permission. Facebook, Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters. Hong Kong’s Office of Constitutional and Continental Affairs proposed amendments to the city’s data protection laws in May that it said were necessary to combat doxing, a practice that was prevalent during the city’s 2019 protests. said the newspaper. According to the WSJ, the letter dated June 25 was sent by the Singapore-based Asia Internet Coalition. “The only way to avoid these sanctions for tech companies would be to refrain from investing and offering services in Hong Kong,” the Journal reported, citing the letter. Connect with the WABNEWS! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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