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Vietnam plans to allow only verified social media accounts to comment, write posts, live-stream

Vietnam plans to allow only verified social media accounts to comment, write posts, live-stream

Monday, May 15, 2023, 14:38 GMT+7
Vietnam plans to allow only verified social media accounts to comment, write posts, live-stream
A person is shown verifying a social media account in this screenshot. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Information and Communications is in the process of drafting a new decree on the management, provision, and use of Internet services, factoring in a regulation that only allows verified social media accounts to comment, write posts, and live-stream.

Verified accounts must have the real names and phone numbers of the social network users.

The draft decree replacing the current fiat on the management, provision, and use of Internet services and online information also comprises various regulations asking local platforms and cross-border apps to verify users and provide their identity information for government agencies if required, and demanding that foreign platforms permit only verified accounts to do online business.

Besides, the draft decree regulates that social platform owners are responsible for verifying users’ identity, managing live stream content, and removing inappropriate content within three hours after being required.

The draft decree, which also includes regulations encouraging the development of domestic social networks, will be submitted to the national government for approval in the second quarter of 2023, according to the ministry.

The requirement on the identity verification of social media accounts is aimed at limiting scams on social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok, a representative of the ministry said at a working session of the lawmaking National Assembly Judiciary Committee on May 8.

The ministry will learn from other nations' experience to manage cross-border platforms, mainly TikTok, and control online information to minimize toxic content.

In addition, the ministry will also check the operation of TikTok Technologies Vietnam Company this month.

Furthermore, the ministry will develop an automated tool to scan and detect violations in cross-border advertising.

A report of the Ministry of Information and Communications on the national malware detection and elimination campaign in 2022 showed that as many as 76 malicious websites were removed.

Moreover, the ministry asked Internet service providers to disconnect 915 servers in Vietnam.

There have been two major reasons for private information leaks in Vietnam over the past few years, with the first being poor cybersecurity, according to the report.

The second reason is that businesses and organizations that have their customers’ private information have shared the data with a third party.

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Tieu Bac - Thanh Chung / Tuoi Tre News


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