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Facebook Faces Political Hurdle Over Banned Party in China

  • Hong Kong requests takedown of banned National Party’s page
  • Facebook hasn’t acted for two days on government’s request

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Facebook Inc. finds itself entangled in yet another political spat — this time with China, a market the social media giant is seeking to enter.

Police in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous part of China, have asked the company to remove the official page of the pro-independence National Party, which was slapped with an unprecedented government ban this week. The prohibition pledges fines and imprisonment for those aiding the group. Hong Kong officials made their request of Facebook after the measure was announced on Monday, according to the South China Morning Post.