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Facebook bows to pressure; commits to prevent offensive content in Vietnam

Facebook to commit to removing offensive content for Vietnam government

The Vietnam government has said that Facebook is committed to work with them to prevent content that violates Vietnam laws from appearing in its platform according to a Reuters report.

Vietnam has griped about “toxic” anti-government and offensive content on Facebook and YouTube in the past, pressuring local companies to pull ad spend on the platforms until a solution is found.

The social media giant’s commitment came after Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, Facebook, met Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnamese minister of information and communication met on Wednesday according to a statement by the Ministry of Information and Communication.

"Facebook will set up a separate channel to directly coordinate with Vietnam's communication and information ministry to prioritize requests from the ministry and other competent authorities in the country," the Ministry said in a statement.

Facebook will also remove fake accounts and content about senior government officials, according to the Ministry.

Facebook did not comment on the statements according to Reuters. The social media platform’s website does state that governments do ask for removal of content that violates local law but not its own Community Standards.

“If after careful legal review we find that the content is illegal under local law, then we may make it unavailable only in the relevant country or territory," says Facebook.