China develops high-tech political propaganda tool
09 March 2019 | 2:00 pm
China's tech companies and government are banding together to release hi-tech propaganda tools to spread the Communist Party's message into the 21st Century.
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Hong Kong's leader on Tuesday brushed off a warning by major tech companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter that they may quit the financial hub if authorities push ahead with a new privacy law. "Our goal is to target these illegal doxxing actions and the privacy commissioner is empowered to take action and carry out investigations, that’s it," says Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the weekly press conference.
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