Editorial : EOC must stand its ground in front of Facebook

【明報專訊】COMPLAINTS against racially discriminatory comments and hate speech on social networks have increased sharply. Meanwhile, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has criticised Facebook for non-cooperation, hindering Hong Kong from enforcing anti-discrimination laws and failing to fulfil its social responsibility. In recent years Facebook has become a hotbed of the spread of hate and discrimination. Though Facebook has internal guidelines for dealing with such matters, transparency is lacking, and controversy often arises. "Facebook Hong Kong" is a registered company in Hong Kong, and as such has a responsibility to abide by Hong Kong laws. When following up a complaint against discrimination, the EOC has legitimate grounds to demand user information from Facebook. Facebook should not hide behind its headquarters in the US. If Facebook adamantly refuses to cooperate, the EOC should consider taking legal action.