Facebook suspends Hong Kong user data requests

July 06, 2020

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Anti-national security law protesters place bricks on road as a road block during a march at the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, July 1, 2020.

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Facebook and other tech giants will temporarily stop processing requests for user data from Hong Kong authorities after China imposed a security law on the city that calls for greater supervision and regulation of Hong Kong’s internet. And, many sex workers continued to work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, putting them at risk from abusive clients as well as the coronavirus. Now, brothels across the content are reopening, and authorities have issued a long list of hygiene rules. Also, most Pride activities around the world were canceled or moved online this year, but Shanghai Pride events continued as usual. But “as usual” means something very different in China compared to other places.

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