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Woman wearing a face mask and holding up a phone with its torch on during a Hong Kong protest

Activists' books unavailable in Hong Kong libraries after security law

Facebook said the company believes "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".

Vice President Mike Pence has said the new national security law is a betrayal of the Sino-British agreement, which protected Hong Kong's autonomy.

But the new national security law, imposed unilaterally by the Chinese government on June 30, effectively undermines any protections Hong Kong nationals had.

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Both platforms are blocked in mainland China but have benefited from Hong Kong's much broader access to the internet under its freedoms as a special administrative region.

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker. Facebook restricted 394 such pieces of content in Hong Kong in the second half of 2019, up from eight restrictions in the first half of the year.

Tong was unable to appear in court Friday because of injuries sustained from the incident, but appeared Monday in a wheelchair and was charged with inciting secession and engaging in terrorism.

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In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said it "urges" the Canadian side to "earnestly abide by global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations, immediately correct its mistakes, stop meddling in China's internal affairs in any way, so as not to further damage China-Canada relations".

"Telegram has never shared any data with the Hong Kong authorities in the past and does not intend to process any data requests related to its Hong Kong users until an worldwide consensus is reached in relation to the ongoing political changes in the city", he said.

Facebook said it would stop considering the requests, "pending further assessment" of the human rights issues.

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A main point of concern is that the measure, which human rights activists worry is created to curtail freedom of speech in Hong Kong, was both rushed in its passage and allows for lifelong prison sentences for poorly defined offenses. Instead, a spokesperson referred CNN Business to an information page for law enforcement, which states that the company will only disclose information "in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law".

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