The Vietnamese government plans to work with Facebook to remove fake pages that purport to belong to state leaders as it pursues a social media cleanup campaign, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan told a parliamentary committee Tuesday.
Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan.
According to the Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam has 49 million internet users, or more than half of population, and more than 45 million social media accounts, a space… is not always a good thing. “There are good and bad people on social media,” Tuan said.
Distortions, defamations and fabrications mostly happen on international platforms such as Google, YouTube and Facebook, while most pages licensed in Vietnam comply with regulations, he said.
Tuan also called on the mainstream media and Vietnamese social networks to ensure speedy and accurate information. The government has been working hard in recent months to rein in the internet. In January, the information ministry issued a circular asking Facebook and similar sites with a Vietnamese base of over one million users to “collaborate” with authorities to block “toxic information”, ranging from ads for banned products to anti-state content and state secrets.
Facebook is the most popular social network in Vietnam.
Facebook is the most popular social network in Vietnam with around 35 million users, or 70 percent of the country's online community. In recent years, the government has taken various steps to embrace the platform. Vietnam’s health minister launched her official Facebook page more than two years ago to provide health information and receive questions from the public. It was months before Vietnam's central government opened its own Facebook page in October 2015.