Hong Kong police get tough on “indecent” Facebook comments

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In what looks to be a move to improve its public image, Hong Kong Police Force have launched a Facebook page.

Since yesterday’s unveiling, the page has garnered more than 29,000 likes, with comments from its introduction video exceeding 34,500.


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Posted by Hong Kong Police on Monday, October 5, 2015

Police PR said the Facebook page aims to promote police events and anti-crime messages, but just hours after going live, thousands of mostly negative comments aimed at officers accused of beating Occupy activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu last year were posted.

At a press conference, senior superintendent Catherine Kwan Chui-ching of the Police Public Relations Bureau, said “negative” or “indecent” comments suspected of violating laws would be deleted.

“Criminal behaviour online has legal consequences just the same as in real life,” she said.

The Hong Kong police have been slowly opening up to the public since 2012, when it launched a mobile app and a YouTube Channel the following year.

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