US lawmakers push YouTube, Google to restore links to protest song ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ | News World

In the letter, which was publicly released on Wednesday, Republican representative Chris Smith of New Jersey and Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, also asked the companies to disclose all demands made by Beijing or Hong Kong to remove online content, in addition to content taken down on their own initiative.

In May, YouTube blocked 32 URLs identified by the Court of Appeal as prohibited publications for Hong Kong-based viewers, according to a spokesperson for the company. Links to the videos on Google were also blocked, the spokesperson said.

The court had ruled in favour of the Hong Kong government that month and granted an interim injunction authorities sought last year over the song, which was created by demonstrators during the 2019 Hong Kong protests and is sometimes mistaken for the city’s official anthem.

The injunction bans people from “broadcasting, performing, printing, publishing, selling, offering for sale, distributing, disseminating, displaying or…


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