Friday, August 14, 2020

Haochen Sun Interviewed on National Security Law Implications for Facebook, Twitter, Google in Hong Kong (WSJ)

"Facebook, Twitter, Google Face Free-Speech Test in Hong Kong: New national-security law means authorities can ask companies to delete users or their content"
Newley Purnell and Eva Xiao
HONG KONG—U.S. technology titans face a looming test of their free-speech credentials in Hong Kong as China’s new national-security law for the city demands local authorities take measures to supervise and regulate its uncensored internet.
     Facebook Inc. and its Instagram service, Twitter Inc. and YouTube, a unit of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, operate freely in the city even as they have been shut out or opted out of the mainland’s tightly controlled internet, which uses the “Great Firewall” to censor information....
     “Tech companies will absolutely receive more requests to remove information that is allegedly harmful to national security from the relevant authorities,” said Haochen Sun, a law professor at the University of Hong Kong. He said companies will face difficulties especially with borderline cases, such as potential requests to remove songs, for instance, that protesters have used in antigovernment demonstrations... Click here to access the online article.

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