HANOI (Reuters) – Facebook has violated Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform on the state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial laws in force in the communist-ruled country.
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of the mobile users are displayed next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this photo illustration March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo
Despite the economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, the vietnamese Communist y maintains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism.
“Facebook was reportedly not responded to a request for the removal of fanpages provoking activities against the state,” the official Vietnam News Agency said, referring to the Ministry of Information and Communication.
Facebook not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.
The ministry said that Facebook also allowed personal accounts to upload messages with “defamatory” content, anti-government sentiment and the defamation of people and organizations, the agency added.
“This content was found to be a serious battle in Vietnam, the Law on cybersecurity” – and regulations of the government on the management, provision and use of internet services, quoted the ministry says.
Global technology companies and rights groups have said previously that the cybersecurity act, which entered into force on Jan. 1 and includes requirements for technology companies to local offices, and store data locally, can undermine development and stifle innovation in Vietnam.
The managers of the company have private concerns that the new law would make it easier for the authorities to intervene in the details of the customer and expose local employees to arrest.
Facebook had refused to provide information about the “fraudulent accounts” to Vietnamese security forces, the agency said Wednesday in the report.
The ministry is also considering the burden of Facebook for advertising revenue of the platform.
The report cites a market research company as saying, $235 million was spent on advertising on Facebook in Vietnam in 2018, but that Facebook was ignoring their tax obligations.
In November, Vietnam said that they wanted that half of the users of social media on internal social networks in 2020 and plans to avoid “toxic” on Facebook and Google.
Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by James Pearson and Clarence Fernandez