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Vietnam government became more strict regarding social media content, issues new guidelines

Vietnam government became more strict regarding social media content, issue new guidelines
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This code of conduct issued for social media prohibits posts that violate the law and affect the interests of the state. These rules apply to all state organizations, social media companies, and users in Vietnam.

Vietnam on Friday issued some important guidelines regarding social media, encouraging the posting of positive content about Southeast Asian countries. In accordance with these guidelines, social media providers in Vietnam must comply with Vietnamese law and remove content from users’ platforms if requested by the authorities in the circumstances.

This code of conduct issued for social media prohibits posts that violate the law and affect the interests of the state. These rules apply to all state organizations, social media companies and users in Vietnam.

The Social Media Code of Conduct encourages users to create accounts using their real identities and avoid posting that violates the law. Will encourage users to enhance Vietnam’s image, promote culture and share good stories about good people. However, it was not clear to what extent the decision would be legally binding and how it would be implemented.

The ruling Communist Party in Vietnam has faced criticism. He has kept tight control of the media in recent years. Disgruntled citizens and activists are serving long prison sentences for cracking down on social media (Facebook, Google, YouTube) posts.

According to a Reuters report, in November last year, Vietnamese authorities threatened to shut down Facebook. But social media giant Facebook has not succumbed to government pressure to censor local political posts. Vietnam is a key market for Facebook, which serves about 60 million users in the country and generates revenue of around $1 billion according to sources.

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