YouTube and parent company Google took down 210 channels after they posted a co-ordinated series of videos seen as undermining the anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Shane Huntley, director of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, confirmed the takedowns in a blog post, noting that the action was consistent with similar steps taken by Facebook and Twitter. Nearly 1,000 Twitter handles were de-activated, and Facebook also removed suspicious content. Huntley described the channels as a “network” whose activities were found to be orchestrated. “Channels in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong,” he wrote. “We found use of VPNs and other methods to disguise the origin of these accounts and other activity commonly associated with coordinated influence operations.” Videos claiming to be from news organizations or objective sources could be traced to the Chinese government. … [Read more...] about YouTube Pulls 210 Channels For Posting Videos Undermining Hong Kong Protests
UPDATE: 22:30 PM: Apple later on Wednesday removed an app that protesters in Hong Kong have used to track police movements from its app store with the argument that it violated rules because it was used to ambush police. PREVIOUS 930 AM: Apple is the latest U.S. company to enter China’s cross-hairs, making an app available in its App Store that is seen as aiding anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. People’s Daily Online, the state-run newspaper of the Communist Party, blasted Apple for providing access to the app, HKmap.live, in its App Store. The app “claims to provide transportation information for the convenience of the public,” the paper said — but instead, it provides the location of local police in an effort to assist protesters. Related Story ViacomCBS's "Multi-Pronged" Approach Will See More Third Party Content Deals As Well As In-House Moves As Merged Company Drives Down Both Lanes “Business is business, and politics is … [Read more...] about Apple Becomes Latest U.S. Company To Cross China Over Hong Kong Protests
The Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrath Barucha starrer Dream Girl will release in Hong Kong on December 5, 2019. The official report released stated that Zee Studios International, the company in charge of distributing the film globally when it released in September this year, has collaborated with MM2 to release the film in Hong Kong. The comedy-drama was one of the most successful movies of 2019. Released in September 2019, Dream Girl managed to surpass the lifetime collections of Khurrana’s Badhaai Ho and is among the star’s top three grossers at the box office. The official announcement was made by Zee Studios on social media with a caption that read, “The biggest entertainer of this season, #DreamGirl sets out on its journey to Hong Kong. The film is slated to release on 5th December'19.” On the decision to release the movie in Hong Kong, Vibha Chopra the Head of Global Syndication and International Film Distribution at Zee Entertainment, told Indo Asian News … [Read more...] about Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer Dream Girl To Release In Hong Kong In December
CineAsia, the annual exhibition conference that was set for December 9-12 in Hong Kong, officially has been canceled due to “the escalation of violence” in the territory. Organizers sent an email to participants today informing them of the decision. CineAsia is run by Film Expo Group, which also oversees such important events as CineEurope in Barcelona each summer and where Hollywood shows off its wares to local exhibitors for the months and years to come. Hong Kong has been a hotbed of political unrest in recent months over China’s influence there. Protests began peacefully in June against extradition legislation. The bill since has been withdrawn, but protester demands expanded. One student died last week, and another was shot by police on Monday. Related Story Broadway's 'Spring Awakening' Is Ready For China, But Is China Ready For 'Spring Awakening'? Film Expo’s Robert and Andrew Sunshine told Deadline: “Due to the escalating … [Read more...] about CineAsia Industry Conference Canceled Amid Escalating Violence In Hong Kong
As pro-democracy protests continued in the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday despite threats of Beijing’s military force, the Walt Disney Company could find itself caught between the two sides, on and off-screen. Disney has continually demonstrated a forward-thinking approach when it comes to doing business in China and Asia, even propelling properties like Black Panther and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which were originally thought to be challenged in the region, to great box office heights. But what happens when the star of a potential $1 billion-grossing 2020 movie voices her support of those allegedly violating human rights? On Thursday, Chinese-born Mulan star Liu Yifei exclaimed on blogging site Weibo that she stands with the Hong Kong police who since June have been engaged in an oppressive crackdown on anti-government demonstrators and journalists. The civil unrest was triggered by potential legislation which would have allowed suspected criminals to be … [Read more...] about How Hard Will #BoycottMulan & Hong Kong Protests Hit Disney?