Facebook (FB - Free Report) is under pressure for violating a new cyber-security law in Vietnam, per Financial Times (FT).
Vietnam’s Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) stated the social media giant has delayed the removal of “slanderous content, anti-government sentiment and libel and defamation of individuals, organizations and state agencies.”
Facebook also failed to disclose information about fraudulent accounts to state security authorities. Therefore, in connection with the issue, Ministry of Information and Communications is likely to stop some advertising money paid to Facebook, per FT.
Earlier, Facebook has received warning from the Indonesian government and its practices have been criticized by regulators from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, France, Belgium and the U.K.
Notably, Vietnam approved a new cyber security law in June 2018 that came into effect on Jan 1, 2019. The new law requires tech giants like Facebook and Alphabet’s (GOOGL - Free Report) Google to open local offices and store data in the country. Additionally, companies are required to disclose user data to authorities without a court order.
However, both the tech giants and New York-based Human Rights Watch criticized the country’s new law as it infringes users’ right to data privacy. Notably, companies like Apple (AAPL - Free Report) , Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) , Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and Google provide user data to governments around the world only after it is permitted by an authorized official and under appropriate law.
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