The Government of Vietnam accused Facebook of violating its new cybersecurity law by allowing critical publications with the communist regime in Hanoi and failing to comply with its tax obligations, official media reported today.
"Facebook has not responded to a request to eliminate pages that provoke activities against the State," said the Ministry of Information and Communications according to the Vietnamese News Agency.
The Vietnamese authorities also accused the social network of allowing "defamatory content, anti-government sentiments, libel and defamation of people," the agency added.
The Ministry considered that these contents "seriously violate Vietnam's cybersecurity law" and asserted that Facebook refused to delete content at the Government's request, considering that it did not violate its rules, and refused to provide information about accounts considered fraudulent by the authorities. authorities.
The controversial cybersecurity law, which came into force on January 1 after months of protests by activists and international organizations, forces technology companies to provide information about their users to the government if it requires it and to open a branch in the country to store your data.
In addition, the Ministry accused Facebook of not fulfilling its tax obligations, since, according to its data, it received 235 million dollars from Vietnamese advertisers in 2018 but did not pay any taxes.
The Ministry said that if Facebook "does not take positive steps, Vietnamese regulators will apply technical and economic measures necessary to ensure a clean and healthy network."
Facebook is the most used social network in Vietnam with 64 million users (the seventh country in the world), despite several attempts of censorship by the communist regime in Hanoi and the government promotion of local networks.