Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram Pause Responding to Hong Kong Authorities’ Requests for User Data

China imposed a national security law on the special administrative region last week


Facebook reacted to China’s imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong last week by revealing Monday that requests for Facebook and WhatsApp user data from law enforcement agents in the special administrative region were suspended.

Messaging application Telegram took similar steps, as well, telling Hong Kong Free Press that it will not process data requests from authorities until an international consensus is reached on last week’s moves, and telling The Wall Street Journal it never shared user data with authorities from the SAR in the past.

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