Hong Kong’s most popular internet forum is pushing back after coming under fire for giving a lower court the log-in times and IP addresses of some members.
The information was subpoenaed by the Court of First Instance which is hearing a complaint by a tutor that he had been maligned on the forum. He has demanded to know who are responsible.
Joe Lam, chief executive of Golden Forum, a discussion platform for software and hardware-related issues, said he did not bow to pressure and would only disclose members’ information if ordered by the courts, am730 reported Friday.
“The bottom line is it must be a court order… I will not give anything if private groups ask me,” he said.
No law enforcement agency has asked him for such information and he would refuse to release it in any event, he said.
Also, Lam said Hong Kong people will know if Golden Forum is pressured by the government into hiding or deleting posts.
Lam said “online goons” have infiltrated Golden Forum, which has 300,000 members, but no one will be banned or removed without reasonable grounds.
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