Hong Kong police have arrested a 27-year-old man in relation to multiple “weird” notifications sent out by the TVB News app, the news arm of one of Hong Kong’s major broadcasters.

The man was arrested on Tuesday, the same day that the notifications were sent, over accessing a computer with dishonest intent. He was released on bail and is required to report to the police in mid-May. TVB News said he was an employee.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the TVB News app published more than 20 push notifications within the period of around half an hour. They included expressions such as “challenging the principle of ‘one country two systems’ is not allowed,” “patriots rule Hong Kong” and “Pikachu meets the press.”

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Chief executive candidate John Lee announced his election manifesto on April 29, 2022. Photo: Lea Mok/HKFP.

Pikachu is a reference to chief executive hopeful John Lee, whose Chinese name, Lee Ka-chiu, sounds similar to the the Pokemon character.

TVB News said it had launched an internal investigation to check if its system was under attack.

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