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Vietnam to ban Tiktok? All you need to know as country probes 'toxic' content

A growing number of governments have banned the popular video-sharing app TikTok from devices issued to staff as privacy and cybersecurity concerns rise. Some have also imposed nationwide curbs.

A TikTok advertisement at a Metro station in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, March 30, 2023. TikTok�s chief executive appearance in Congress last week did little to calm the bipartisan fury directed at the viral video-sharing service. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)Premium
A TikTok advertisement at a Metro station in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, March 30, 2023. TikTok�s chief executive appearance in Congress last week did little to calm the bipartisan fury directed at the viral video-sharing service. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

Weeks after a slew of western nations cracked down on TikTok usage, Vietnam might also follow suit. Hanoi may ban the popular video-sharing app if it fails to remove toxic, offensive, false and superstitious content in the coming days. Officials indicated that they would begin an inspection of TikTok next month for such posts. 

According to local media reports citing the country's information ministry, a lot of toxic, offensive, false and superstitious content has recently begun appearing on the social media app. The Ministry of Communications is now set to conduct an inspection to verify whether the content and operations of social media platforms adhere to the country's regulations.

“Vietnamese law has enough provisions to ensure cybersecurity, and is not limited to banning or removing violating apps," VN Express quoted Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Lam as saying. 

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“TikTok, Facebook and YouTube are all cross-border social media with international standards. But when entering Vietnam, they need to comply with Vietnam's laws, which include regulations on content management and tax, payments and commercial policy," ministry representative Le Quang Tu Do added.

Officials indicated that they have a slew of  have economic, technical and diplomatic tools to act against international platforms in case of violations. Economic measures include cutting off money flows, with platforms being cut off from advertisers, banks and e-commerce.

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In recent months a slew of countries have imposed curbs against TikTok over privacy and security concerns. While some such as India and Pakistan have imposed an outright ban - making the app and website unavailable to all - others such as the the US and Australia have made the app off-limits for government employees.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 09 Apr 2023, 05:42 PM IST
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