Global tech giants namely Facebook, Google, and YouTube have deleted from its platforms a number of offensive content at the request by the Vietnamese government.
So far, Google has blocked more than 7,000 video clips, removed 19 channels on YouTube, and 58 out of 63 games on Google Play which are believed to violate Vietnam’s laws, VnEconomy have reported.
Facebook has removed 208 out of 211 fake accounts, 2,444 links advertising unlawful products and services, 215 fanpages touting gambling, and more than 200 links opposing the Party and state.
Meanwhile, Apple has cleared away nine out of 15 violating games on AppStore.
Vietnam demands more
The government of Vietnam has submitted to the parliament a report that requires Facebook and Google to comply with the Vietnamese laws.
In the report signed by Minister and Chairman of the Government’s Office Mai Tien Dung, authorized agencies have taken a number of measures regarding politics, security, economics, and technologies to ask Facebook and Google to work in accordance with the Law on Cybersecurity.
In addition, the government has asked the giant tech firms to control offensive content and illegal advertising, open representative offices, and store private information in Vietnam complying with Law on Cybersecurity.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) said in a report that Facebook’s violations are proved in content management, online advertisement, and tax evasion.
A joint working group including representatives of Facebook, the MIC, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), the General Department of Taxation, and the Ministry of Public Security has been set up to focus on three aforementioned violations.
Furthermore, the MIC has worked with the SBV to block payment for illegal products and services on transnational apps, including Facebook.
Information Minister Nguyen Manh Hung affirmed earlier this month that the authorized agencies would soon end the tax evasion by foreign firms like Facebook and Google, which provide advertising on cyber space.
It’s not fair that foreign firms which earn up to 70% of advertising revenues on digital space paying no tax whereas Vietnamese peers are closely comply with national regulations, Hung said, adding that this situation should not last for long.