Jul 7, 2020

Hong Kong: Facebook, Google and Twitter among firms 'pausing' police help

Facebook and WhatsApp are "Pausing" co-operation with requests for user information from the Hong Kong police. No personal information about users in the region was held at or disclosed from its Hong Kong office, it added. "We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions," Facebook said. WhatsApp - which is owned by Facebook - said it "Believes in the right for people to have a private conversation online" and "We remain committed to providing private and secure messaging services to our users in Hong Kong". WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption enabled by default - so it cannot read, or share with police officers, messages sent between two users.

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