Facebook Agrees to Censor Anti-State Content in Vietnam

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Two Facebook sources told Reuters that the company agreed to start censoring anti-state content in Vietnam after facing pressure from the government. The pressure came when state-owned telecommunications companies took Facebook’s regional servers offline for about seven weeks. During that period, the platform was barely usuable, if at all.

Facebook gave the following statement to Reuters:

We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and work hard to protect and defend this important civil liberty around the world …

However, we have taken this action to ensure our services remain available and usable for millions of people in Vietnam, who rely on them every day.

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. Reuters "Exclusive: Facebook agreed to censor posts after Vietnam slowed traffic - sources" by James Pearson (21 Apr 2020)
  2. Gizmodo "Facebook Agreed to Censor More 'Anti-State' Posts in Vietnam After State Telcos Tanked Its Traffic" by Tom McKay (22 Apr 2020)
  3. Human Rights Watch "Vietnam: Facebook, Pressured, Censors Dissent" (23 Apr 2020)