Date
21 October 2017
In less than 24 hours, Carrie Lam received nearly 30,000 “angry” emoticons on her Facebook page.
Photo: Facebook/Carrielam2017
In less than 24 hours, Carrie Lam received nearly 30,000 “angry” emoticons on her Facebook page. Photo: Facebook/Carrielam2017

‘Angry’ emoticons swamp Carrie Lam’s Facebook debut

An influx of “angry” emoticons greeted former chief secretary Carrie Lam’s debut on Facebook.

Lam became the last of the four candidates in next month’s chief executive election to take to social media.

On her carrielam2017 page launched on Monday, Lam said she had been reluctant to open a Facebook page because she “did not want to jump the gun”, news website hk01.com reports.

Lam uploaded a video clip showing how she learned to use social media and expressed her expectations on its effects, especially on young people.

Lam said the main purpose of her Facebook page, under the theme Walk Together, We Connect, is to provide a link to the general public.

She promised to listen carefully to their ideas while urging unity in light of worsening divisions in Hong Kong society.

Lam’s Facebook page allows visitors to leave comments, attracting messages in the ensuing few hours.

One commenter called her CY2.0, suggesting she is a clone of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, her former boss.

Lam received nearly 30,000 “angry” emoticons as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, less than 24 hours after launching the page.

Former financial secretary John Tsang has 175,000 Facebook fans, followed by Regina Ip with 80,200 and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing with 33,300. Lam had 12,407 fans as of Tuesday morning, according to hk01.com.

Lam said she is collecting opinions extensively to prepare her platform which she said will be unveiled in detail in early March.

The two-week nomination period begins on Feb. 14, with the election set for March 26.

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