Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook in the country

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it does not bow to government pressure to censor more local political content on its platform, a senior official at the US social media giant told Reuters. A spokeswoman for Facebook said it had faced additional pressure from Vietnam to censor more content in recent months. Vietnam has tried to launch home-grown social media networks to compete with Facebook, but none has reached any meaningful level of popularity. The Facebook official said the company had not seen an exodus of Vietnamese users to the local platforms. “Facebook are prioritising profits in Vietnam, and failing to respect human rights”.

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