Vietnam to tighten grip on social media livestream activity

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 Vietnam’s government is seeking to increase scrutiny of livestream content on social media such as Facebook and Google, in its latest move to rein in online activities it deems to be anti-state.

In a draft decree by the information and communications ministry, cross-border social media platforms operating in Vietnam must provide contact information of account operators with more than 10,000 followers or subscribers.

While the decree covers domestic social media operators such as Zalo, a home-grown social provider, most livestream videos are hosted on foreign platforms.

The ministry estimates the top 10 Vietnamese social media platforms have about 80 million users combined, while foreign competitors are dominant, with Facebook’s 65 million users, YouTube’s 60 million users and TikTok’s 20 million.

“These platforms have not fully abided by Vietnamese laws,” the ministry said.

“A lot of content posted there is disinformation, causing instability and frustration in the society and inequality between domestic and foreign companies.”

Facebook and TikTok had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters, while Google did not immediately respond.

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