Vietnam has imposed a state policy on the use of social media, with rules prohibiting posts that “hurt state interests” and “violate the law.” The policy has been made by the decision of the Ministry of Information of the country.
The policy, published on June 17, requires users in the country to post “positive content” about their country and government officials are said to report “problematic content” to senior officials.
The policy states that “social media users are encouraged to promote Vietnam’s natural scenery, people and culture, and to promote good stories of good people”, stating what behavior is not acceptable on social media.
That said, the rule will apply to various state agencies, social media organizations and their Vietnamese users.
Earlier, the Vietnamese government threatened to shut down Facebook in November last year. However, instead of doing so, the code of conduct for using social media like Facebook was imposed.
There are about 60 million Facebook users in Vietnam. From there, this tech giant earns about one billion dollars.