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Hong Kongers erase digital footprints ahead of security laws

Social media users delete posts or alter identities to avoid detection

Students in Hong Kong protest on June 12 after a music teacher did not have her contract renewed after she allowed students to play a protest song during an exam.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- As the clock ticks toward the implementation of Beijing's new national security laws for Hong Kong, people in the territory are rushing to alter their digital footprints or remove their presence entirely from social media.

Even before the expected passage of the legislation on Tuesday, it is already triggering wide self-censorship among Hong Kong people.

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