From the South China Morning Post.|
The Hong Kong government has condemned acts of harassment and “doxxing” after several people who attended the first town hall dialogue of the city’s embattled leader had their personal information shared on social media.
In one case of doxxing – the practice of posting a person’s private data online – a woman who had expressed pro-government views at the dialogue session was targeted. Internet users posted that she was an agent for an investment company and gave information such as her office phone number.
The woman had said students should stay out of politics and that public broadcaster RTHK should be reformed for “spouting anti-government propaganda while taking public money”.
A Facebook user later claimed on the social media platform that the woman was made to go on leave by her company after it was surrounded by protesters.The company could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
Another woman’s identity and personal information were also revealed after she was suspected to be a police officer. She spoke in favour of the police force at the dialogue. “I just walk past police stations and patrolling officers feeling normal, but when I see a bunch of black-clad, masked people gathering together and shouting these days, I do feel afraid,” she added, referring to protesters.On Friday, Chief Superintendent John Tse Chun-chung of the force’s public relations branch said the speaker was a former auxiliary police officer who left years ago.
“Even if police officers participate in such dialogues when they are off-duty, they are exercising their rights as a citizen,” he said.
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