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Business News/ News / World/  Vietnam demands Facebook, Google, and YouTube deploy AI systems to filter 'Toxic' content

Vietnam demands Facebook, Google, and YouTube deploy AI systems to filter 'Toxic' content

Vietnam has ordered social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok to use AI algorithms to detect and remove ‘toxic’ content, adding to existing regulations. The country has been cracking down on foreign social media platforms in recent years to combat disinformation.

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Social media platforms operating across borders have been instructed by Vietnam to implement artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms capable of automatically identifying and eliminating "toxic" content, according to reports from state media on Friday. This requirement adds to the already strict regulations imposed by Vietnam on social media companies.

Vietnam has made multiple requests to Meta's Facebook, Google's YouTube, and TikTok, urging them to collaborate with authorities in order to eradicate content that is considered "toxic." This includes offensive material, false information, and content that opposes the state.

During the mid-year review event hosted by the information ministry, which was only open to selected newspapers, Vietnam Television (VTV), a state-run broadcaster, reported that this is the first instance where Vietnam has publicly issued such an order.

The report did not provide specific information regarding the timeline and implementation process for cross-border platforms to comply with the new requirement.

In a statement, the information ministry revealed that during the first half of the year, Facebook removed 2,549 posts in response to government requests. Additionally, YouTube removed 6,101 videos, and TikTok took down 415 links, as stated by the information ministry.

According to a Reuters report, this announcement coincides with the efforts of Southeast Asian nations to develop governance and ethics guidelines for AI. These guidelines aim to establish regulations and boundaries for the rapidly advancing technology.

In recent years, Vietnam has introduced various regulations, including a cybersecurity law, specifically targeting foreign social media platforms. The purpose of these regulations is to combat the spread of disinformation in news and compel foreign tech companies to establish representative offices within Vietnam and store data locally.

According to the information ministry, Vietnam conducted a thorough examination of TikTok's local operations last month, and initial findings revealed several violations on the platform.

During the event on Friday, Vietnam Television (VTV) reported that the information ministry stated Netflix, the American streaming giant, has submitted the necessary documents to establish a local office in Vietnam.

(With inputs from Reuters)


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Published: 01 Jul 2023, 08:49 AM IST
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