Meet the 100 Twitter Users Capturing the Hong Kong Protests
What happens next in Hong Kong? These 100 Twitter users will tell you first.
By Aaron Wytze Wilson
Twitter is not a popular social media network in Hong Kong, with Statista listing the platform as only the 10th most popular among users in 2017. However, with the eruption of sit-in protests in 2014 (the so-called “Umbrella Revolution”), followed by the Mong Kok civil unrest of 2016 (the so-called “Fishball Revolution”), a small but dedicated group of activists, live-streamers and journalists have taken to the platform to broadcast the protests in Hong Kong to a global audience.
Now, Hong Kong citizens are taking a stand against the government’s proposed extradition law — a bill detractors say will make it easier for Beijing to arrest critics of the regime.
The people capturing the protests on Twitter are a mix of activists, journalists, academics, lawyers, legislators, hackers and Hong Kong citizens. Although journalists are the most active Twitter users, its often citizens and residents at the center of the protests who are taking the best photographs and videos. So in drafting our list, we took the following approach:
We haven’t listed the user’s follower count because a high follower count is not indicative of quality.
We included a diversity of professions because we don’t want an echo chamber.
We took into account English, Standard Mandarin and Cantonese Twitter users, because it’s not just anglophone speakers producing interesting content.
So without further ado, here’s our list of the top 100 Hong Kong Twitter users. We’ve listed users alphabetically by their profession, starting with “A” — activists. If you see yourself on this list, and would prefer to be filed under a different category, then drop us a line on Twitter. You can subscribe to this list on Twitter by clicking here. You can find an open, downloadable spreadsheet version of the list here.
Agnes Chow Ting (周庭): A Standing Committee member of Demosisto and former spokesperson for Scholarism. Tweets in English, Standard Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
Joshua Wong (黃之鋒): Secretary general of Demosisto, former convenor for Scholarism. Currently imprisoned with no access to social media. Tweets in English and Standard Mandarin.
Avery Ng (吳文遠): Current chairman of the League of Social Democrats (LSD). Tweets in Standard Mandarin and Cantonese.
Nathan Law (羅冠聰): The founding chair of Demosisto. Elected to the Legislative Council at 23, but “forcefully unseated under Chinese pressure.”
Yau Wai Ching (游蕙禎): Member of localist political party Youngspiration. Former member of Hong Kong Legislative Council, but later disqualified by Hong Kong High Courts for failing to take oath “faithfully and truthfully” at first session.
Joseph Zen (陳日君): Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong; democracy activist; critic of the Chinese Communist Party. Tweets in English and Standard Mandarin.
Jason Li: An independent designer and cartoonist with a “research-driven practice.”
CITIZENS & RESIDENTS
Jack Hazlewood: Spokesperson and co-founder of the London-based pressure group “Brits For Hong Kong”.
Joel Christian: A “Hong Kong Foreign Forces Specialist Unit” member; also active during the Umbrella Movement.
Snufkin: A “professional gobshite” who's taken excellent video shots and photos of the protests; also active during the Umbrella Movement.
antiELAB: A Twitter feed with “live updates from Hong Kong on the anti-extradition bill protests.”
daaitoulaam: An anonymous Twitter user providing useful insights into local politics and life in Hong Kong. "Twitter noise on politics, tech and stuff from one of Hong Kong's underlying islands." A must follow.
Momento Mori staring at the Sun 2017: A “Duginian cosmo-technician” and Twitter user providing photos and videos of the anti-extradition bill protests.
Galileo Cheng: A Social Affairs Executive with the HK Catholic Institution Staff Association. Formerly at Hong Kong media outlet inmediahk. A must follow.
Geoff K.C.: An NGO worker formerly with the UNHCR. Currently with Bridge Figures, a human rights project that scales the work of activists.
Civil Defence Warden Paddy: A popular account tweeting out commentary about Hong Kong politics. Twitter account tagline reads “had to trade in the pith for a Tommy helmet.” A must follow.
HK - Ni Ke (妮珂): An anonymous Twitter account documenting the movements of protesters and police forces hour by hour. Tweets in Standard Mandarin and Cantonese. A must follow.
Hong Kong World City: An anonymous account “defending Hong Kong.” Twitter description reads “Hongkongers 4 true democracy” and “Strategy: Stick together, no infighting. Respect each other.”
Hong Kong Hermit: A Hong Kong resident often on the frontline of protests in the city; an active Twitter user during the Umbrella Movement and now the anti-extradition bill protests. A must follow.
imka1a - Hong Konger (香港人): An anonymous Hong Konger participating in the anti-extradition protests, taking great videos and pictures. Tweets in Standard Mandarin and Cantonese.
Kitty: A Twitter user providing insightful commentary and links about Hong Kong politics; active during the Umbrella Movement and now the anti-extradition bill protests.
Li Fang (李方): A Twitter user compiling online videos of the anti-extradition protests.
Liu Yun (流雲): An anonymous Hong Kong citizen who tweets about local politics; actively tweeting during the anti-extradition bill protests. A must follow.
Maggie Ho: An anonymous Hong Konger tweeting hourly about the anti-extradition protests. Tweets in Standard Mandarin and Cantonese.
Peter Kong: An anonymous Hong Kong independence activist.
Renaud Haccart: A Hong Kong resident and “curious observer”; frequently tweets news and commentary about the anti-extradition bill protests.
Singsing: An anonymous Hong Konger tweeting photos and videos of the anti-extradition protests. Their account tagline reads: "Member of the low-end population and overworked." Tweets in Standard Mandarin and Cantonese.
wildWONG (野黃): A Hong Konger interested in Hong Kong-China politics. Very active in sharing and commenting on anti-extradition bill protests. Tweets in Standard Mandarin and Cantonese.
Wang Yangshuo (王阳朔): A citizen of China residing in Hong Kong; supporter of the anti-extradition bill protests. From their Twitter bio: “Long live freedom; Hong Kong keep at it! Oppose the extradition bill! Down with the fascist CCP!”
Ka Ming (家明): A Hong Kong film critic tweeting out pictures and video of the anti-extradition bill protests.
Keyboard Frontline (鍵盤戰線): A collective of hackers working towards internet freedom, internet security, and online mobilization. Tweets in English, Standard Mandarin and Cantonese.
Leo Weese: A programmer residing in Hong Kong “passionate about privacy, encryption, bitcoin and the everlasting Hong Kong thriller.”
Aaron Mc Nicholas: Social media editor at Bloomberg Opinion; formerly with Storyful.
Alan Wong: Deputy editor of Inkstone News.
Alvin L: A political reporter writing for SCMP News.
Andreas Lo (盧敏敏): A freelance journalist and columnist in HK working for the Loop HK.
Austin Ramzy: A reporter with the NY Times based in Hong Kong.
Ben Bland: Research fellow and director of Southeast Asia projects at the Lowy Institute. Former Financial Times correspondent in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Author of GenerationHK.
Britt Clennett: A correspondent with Reuters based in Hong Kong.
Cheng Chung Tai (鄭松泰): A journalist with the Passion Times; teaching fellow at HK Polytechnic University. Tweets in English, Standard Mandarin and Cantonese. A must follow.
Tony Sabine: A producer and presenter at TVB Pearl News in Hong Kong.
Jennifer Creery (紀寶瑩): Production editor and reporter for the Hong Kong Free Press.
Damon Pang: A journalist with RTHK English News. A must follow.
David Missal: A journalism student at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. Banned from China in 2018.
Eli Meixler: A journalist with the Financial Times based in Hong Kong; previously based in Myanmar and Cambodia.
Elson Tong: Current HKU law student; former reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. A must follow.
Eric Cheung: A freelance journalist in Hong Kong working for CNN International, Reuters and SCMP News. Tweeting original commentary on news items about anti-extradition protests. A must follow.
Erin Hale: A freelance journalist and Hong Kong correspondent with DPA International news agency.
Grace Tsoi: A reporter with BBC World Service Languages — Senior Journalist, East Asia. An alumni of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. A must follow.
Benjamin Haas: Visiting academic fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies; former foreign correspondent with the Guardian and AFP.
Helier Cheung: A journalist with BBC World News. Previously a Hong Kong correspondent.
Chris Lau: A reporter at SCMP News.
Holmes Chan: Reporter for Hong Kong Free Press; editor for Still / Loud, an online magazine about Hong Kong's art and music scene.
Ilaria Maria Sala: A journalist with bylines in QZ, Hong Kong Free Press and the NY Times. A must follow.
Jacky Wong: Writes the “Heard on the Street” column for the WSJ. Covers Asia tech. Tweets in English and Standard Mandarin.
Jeffie Lam: A reporter with SCMP News covering Hong Kong’s local politics; excellent commentary of the anti-extradition bill protests. A must follow.
Jimmy Choi: A reporter with RTHK English News. An alumni of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.
Joanna Chiu (趙淇欣): Bureau chief for Star Vancouver; chair of NvVoices.
Karen Cheung: A Hong Kong correspondent with Reporters Without Borders; formerly of Hong Kong Free Press.
Kevin Lui: A “human in HK”. Former TIME contributor; alumni of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.
Kris Cheng: A journalist with the Hong Kong Free Press.
Laurel Chor: A freelance journalist contributing to National Geographic, based in Hong Kong. A must follow.
Mary Hui: A reporter with QZ covering Asia business and geopolitics. A must follow.
Gerry Doyle: “Reuters Top News editor, Asia.”
Mike Ives: A journalist mostly publishing stories with the NY Times, based in Hong Kong.
Naomi Ng (吳家殷): A journalist with SCMP news; an alumni of the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. A must follow.
Nicolle Liu: A Financial Times reporter based in Hong Kong. A must follow.
Pak Yiu: An AFP video journalist in China; previously with Reuters.
Bobby Phila Siu: A senior reporter with SCMP News. Tagline reads: “I don’t pretend to be an expert.”
Phoebe Kong (江穎怡): A Greater China correspondent for DW news; formerly with Now TV.
Ramy Inocencio (英若明): A CBS Asia correspondent based in Beijing; in Hong Kong to cover anti-extradition bill protests.
Selina Cheng (鄭嘉如): An investigative reporter with HK01. A must follow.
Sijia Jiang: A tech journalist with Reuters based in Hong Kong.
Isabella Steger: A reporter for QZ “writing on Asia, but mostly Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China” and Hong Kong.
Sue-Lin Wong (黄淑琳): South China correspondent at Financial Times; formerly with Reuters.
Sum Lok-kei: A reporter with SCMP, working the Hong Kong desk. Twitter tagline reads: "reader, writer and noise-maker." Only opened Twitter account in the past week, already one of the best accounts to follow.
Timmy Sung: A news reporter with RTHK English News; frequent live-tweeter at demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Kristine Servando: A digital news editor for Bloomberg Business and Bloomberg Asia.
Tom Grundy: Editor-in-Chief and founder of the Hong Kong Free Press.
Vicky Wong (黃瑋殷): Associate editor for Coconuts HK; also covered the Umbrella Movement protests.
Wilfred Chan: A journalist and art critic based in New York and Hong Kong, contributing to CNN, HuffPost and Fusion.
Venus Wu: A senior reporter with GoldThread; “chasing stories about culture in Greater China.” A must follow.
Elaine Yu: Hong Kong correspondent for AFP.
Progressive Lawyers Group (法政匯思): “A group of Hong Kong lawyers dedicated to promoting the rule of law, democracy and human rights.”
Jason Y Ng: An author and news columnist; HKU associate law professor; convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group.
Kas Tang (李蕙儀): An attorney tweeting about juvenile justice reform, one country two systems, and the preservation of Chinatowns.
Missy Lao: Hong Kong-based lawyer, and HongKong Progressive Lawyers’ Group member.
Fong Yun (方潤): A "book addicted" librarian and commissioner for the HK Teacher-Librarians Association; keeps a blog called the "Daily Fong Yun."
Lam Yik Fei: Founder of ATUM Images; former director of photography at Initium Media in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Police Force: “Official Twitter account of the Hong Kong Police Force. This is not for making reports or complaints. In case of emergency, please call 999.”
Au Nok Hin (區諾軒): Southern District Councillor; former convenor for Civil Human Rights Front.
Alvin Yeung (楊岳橋): Hong Kong Civic Party leader and Legislator.
Charles Mok (莫乃光): Hong Kong's “IT” Legislator; ICT entrepreneur, founder of Internet Society HK and Professional Commons. A must follow.
Chu Hoi Dick (朱凱廸): A Hong Kong social activist and member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
Ray Chan: Hong Kong legislator from 2012 to present; Chair of the People Power Party. Hong Kong (and Asia’s) first openly gay parliamentarian.
PROFESSORS & PhD CANDIDATES
Angela Gui: A PhD candidate in history at the University of Cambridge; daughter of detained publisher Gui Minhai. A must follow.
Jeffrey Ngo (敖卓軒): An “activist historian from Hong Kong”; PhD candidate at Georgetown University; chief researcher for Demosisto.
John Mok Chit Wai (莫哲暐): A Hong Kong PhD candidate in sociology at UC Irvine. Tweeting about HK-China relations, Sino-Vatican relations, and social movements.
Alvin Y.H. Cheung: A “dyspeptic” law professor at NYU School of Law’s JSD Program.
Dan Garrett: Author of "Counter-hegemonic Resistance in China's Hong Kong"; former career NatSec professional.
Keith Richburg: A professor with the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre.
Lokman Tsui: A self-proclaimed “geek, activist” who teaches journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Patrick Kar-Wai Poon (潘嘉偉): A PhD researcher at the University de Lyon.
Tammy Ho Lai-ming: Editor of the Asian Cha Journal; President of Hong Kong PEN; Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University
Trey Menefee: An independent analyst in Hong Kong who blogs at comparativist.org.
Yuen Chan: Senior lecturer at City University of London’s dept. of journalism; formerly at Chinese University of Hong Kong’s J School. A must follow.
Denise Ho: A “Hong Kong singer/producer, pro-democracy and LGBTQI activist.” A must follow.
Antony Dapiran: A Hong Kong based writer, lawyer and photographer; author of the book City of Protest: A Recent History of Dissent in Hong Kong. A must follow.
Kong Tsung-gan (江松澗): Author of Umbrella: A Political Tale from Hong Kong. A must follow.