Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google and Telegram have all announced this week that they are also making changes to their operations in Hong Kong after the new security law came into force last week.
The tech firms have said they are not processing data requests from the Hong Kong police while they assess the ongoing political changes in the city.
Tech companies suspend processing Hong Kong government data requests.
Hong Kong residents said they were reviewing their previous posts on social media related to pro-democracy protests and the security law, and proactively deleting ones they thought would be viewed as sensitive.
Facebook Inc, Google Inc and Twitter Inc suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong, they said on Monday, following China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.
Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said on Monday it had “stopped” preparing law authorization demands for client information in Hong Kong.
WhatsApp is “stopping” such audits “pending further evaluation of the effect of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due persistence and discussions with human rights specialists,” a representative said in an announcement.