The police have said their new Facebook page is managed by a newly established section of 19 officers, led by a Superintendent, under the Police Public Relations Branch. But the police do not have the statistical information on how many posts were removed.

Acting Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu was responding to a question from lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung in the Legislative Council. The 19-member team also manages the police mobile application, the police YouTube account, as well as mass media liaison and other relevant support duties.

The police facebook page.

Lee said that the police have indicated in the disclaimer of the Facebook page that any posts involving foul language, violence, threats, intimidation, harassment, abuse, insult, sexual description, privacy, illegal activities, advertisements or misrepresentation shall be removed.

“Anyone who commits an unlawful act, whether in the real world or in the cyber world, shall be criminally responsible and brought to justice.  For any offences on the Internet, the Police will, as always, collect evidence and take arrest actions when necessary. To date, no arrest actions were taken by the Police in respect of the comments on the HKP Facebook Page,” Lee said.

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However, Lee did not state how many posts were removed after being questioned by Leung.

As of October 30, 2015, there were over 30 posts published on the Facebook page with more than 48,000 Likes, Lee added.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.