Dec 1, 2020

Facebook and Google 'complicit' in Vietnam censorship

Vietnam has a reputation for restricting freedom of speech. "In the last decade, the right to freedom of expression flourished on Facebook and YouTube in Vietnam. More recently authorities began focusing on peaceful online expression as an existential threat to the regime," said Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International's deputy regional director for campaigns. Vietnam is one of the biggest markets in South East Asia for tech firms. In 2018, Facebook's income from Vietnam neared $1bn - almost one third of its revenue from South East Asia - says Amnesty. According to Amnesty, there are 170 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, of which 69 were in jail "Solely for their society media activity".

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