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Facebook needs to face up to hate speech

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Facebook has refused to hand over information about users who posted racist messages vilifying ethnic minority groups on the official Facebook page of the local NGO Hong Kong Unison.

Unison was targeted because it provides services to minorities and promotes racial equality. It has filed dozens of complaints to the Equal Opportunities Commission. Under local race discrimination laws, the commission has asked Facebook for the users’ data. But the company is citing its need to follow data protection laws in Ireland, where its data storage is located.

So, is it ready to break Hong Kong laws and let local ethnic minority groups and their champions suffer online abuse? The messages posted are vile; some threaten violence.

Facebook’s response is outrageous and irresponsible. If it doesn’t want to follow Hong Kong........

© South China Morning Post