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Hong Kong Considers Blocking Telegram, Local Paper Says

  • Privacy watchdog weighing order to restrict public access
  • The move may ignite criticism over curbs on internet freedoms
The Telegram app.

The Telegram app.

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Hong Kong authorities are deliberating whether to curtail public access to the messaging service Telegram, the Sing Tao Daily reported, potentially reviving fears the former British colony is moving closer toward Beijing-style internet controls.

The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data is considering invoking regulations for the first time to restrict access to a platform it found to be rampant with doxxing, the local newspaper reported Tuesday. The widespread doxxing -- or online exposure of sensitive and personal data -- was aimed at government officials as well as citizens, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people.