To Consul General Stephen M. Young/U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong,
“Caring Hong Kong Power” (CHKP) is a civil organization, formed by internet users without political party background. We established an open forum website in Facebook since June 2011, with over 5500 members. On 26-June the website was forcibly deleted by Facebook without prior warning. We opened a new group website under the same name on the next day, but again it was deleted for the reason of violating the rules with no supporting issues. No replies so far have been received to our complaints of the unreasonable eradication.
In fact there are so numerous comments and posts of discrimination and insulting words being flooded in Facebook by anti-China and anti-SAR groups and individuals. But they still exist for long. Our new group page, containing none of controversial subjects, was however eradicated within 24 hours. (Was it the name of our organization “Caring Hong Kong Power” the sole cause of violation, or just a thorn in their eyes?) The ‘special treatment’ that Facebook made to us is completely irrational and exceptional. We believe that it was a targeted vengeance action relating to the incident of whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who leaked the details of US phone and internet surveillance programs in the SAR and the alleged let-leave by the SAR government.
Snowden disclosed the US surveillance programs that include global monitoring of of internet, phone-eavesdropping, and invading computer networks of Hong Kong government bodies, public firms and even academia. By Prism, as code named, the internet of nine big internet companies including Facebook can be monitored. It is groundless for U.S. to invade such computers for the excused purposes of anti-terrorists. When did Hong Kong become a terrorist base in the eyes of the U.S., and who authorized the U.S. government can offend the online privacy of Hongkongers?
Our organization solemnly demand that the U.S. government make the following assurance:
–Stop illegal monitoring and hacking of the computers & cellphones of the Hong Kong government bodies, academia, business and civil firms.
–Stop surveillance of U.S. internet, communication, social media companies such as Facebook that operated in Hong Kong with invading human rights and suppressing freedom of expression.
–Stop providing political funds to Hong Kong political parties, media, and NGO organizations. Order your National Endowment for Democracy to stop all sorts of funding to all Hong Kong associations.
Finally we urge Facebook, as the world’s largest social media company, to courageously take the righteous responsibilities for fairness and justice in their operation and control, and re-open the above-mentioned our open forum website, so that the public would acknowledge that Facebook really safeguards freedom of expression on equal and fair basis.