TVB reports to police after boycott of singer Hubert WuLocal | 19 Oct 2021 3:34 pm
Television Broadcasts filed a police report on Tuesday after netizens called upon peers to boycott a concert by the station's artist Hubert Wu Hung-kwan.
Wu will organize a concert at Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre on November 26 and 27. Advertisements of the concert ran on TVB.
It is understood that netizens left threatening comments that call upon the public to boycott the concert, its sponsors and the station.
TVB's controller in corporate communications Bonnie Wong and the station's legal advisor arrived at police headquarters at 10.30am Tuesday.
In a statement issued this morning, TVB decried what it called "harassment, molestation, pestering, threats and intimidation".
“This cyberbullying behavior may cause psychological or property damage to these parties and subsequently lead to social unrest,” the statement said.
It said that those threats and nuisances "happen every day," which has affected hundreds of its artists and caused huge loss of advertisements.
The police's Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau is investigating.
Legco member Paul Tse Wai-chun reminded that Hong Kong has passed the Personal Data Ordinance earlier, making doxxing a criminal offense, but there is still room for improvement in the protection of business organizations.
"There is nothing wrong with people expressing their personal preferences. But if it is an organized effort targeting a specific organization in order to exert pressure or even intimidate it, such action will be against the law," Tse said.