The fear is that the new law erodes the freedoms of the semi-autonomous city, which operates under a 'one country, two systems' framework after Britain handed it over to China in 1997.
That framework gives Hong Kong
and its people freedoms not found in mainland China, such as unrestricted internet access.
Spokesman Mike Ravdonikas said Monday that Telegram
understands the importance of protecting the right to privacy of our Hong Kong users.
has been used broadly to spread pro-democracy messages and information about the protests in Hong Kong.
Telegram has never shared any data with the Hong Kong authorities in the past and does not intend to process any data requests related to its Hong Kong users until an international consensus is reached in relation to the ongoing political changes in the city, he said.
Social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp
have operated freely in Hong Kong, while they are blocked in the mainland under China's Great Firewall.
Though social platforms have yet to be blocked in Hong Kong, users have begun scrubbing their accounts and deleting pro-democracy posts out of fear of retribution. That retreat has extended to the streets of Hong Kong as well.
Many of the shops and stores that publicly stood in solidarity with protesters have removed the pro-democracy sticky notes and artwork that adorned their walls.