Facebook is keeping quiet on whether it will agree to Hong Kong police’s request for the social media giant to take down the page of a local separatist party outlawed by the government on Monday.

A day after police’s call, all eyes are now on how Facebook will respond to the call to shut down the page for the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), the first party to be banned by authorities since the city’s handover to Chinese rule in 1997, and the ramifications of its decision on other take-down requests on banned political parties in other parts of the world.

In explaining the ban, Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu said on Monday it was on grounds of national security, public safety, public order and the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. He also warned that anyone who associates with the party by serving the group, participating in gatherings, providing financial assistance or aid could be liable on conviction to a fine and jail sentence of two to three years.

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