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Cross-border service providers must comply with local law: Minister
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Cross-border service providers must comply with local law: Minister

The Saigon Times Daily

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung speaks at a meeting. Cross-border service providers such as Google, YouTube, Facebook and the like operating in Vietnam must comply with the local law - PHOTO: SGGP

HCMC – All foreign firms, especially cross-border service providers such as Google, YouTube, Facebook and the like, must comply with Vietnamese law while operating in the country, stated Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung.

At a meeting to control advertisements on cross-border platforms between the Ministry of Information and Communications and enterprises on June 25, Minister Hung said that these firms should be responsible for the prosperity of the countries in which they do business, which also helps ensure their sustainable development.

The minister said that the Vietnamese Government will continue to employ solutions to force Google, Facebook and the like to comply with the local law. Vietnam will not welcome cross-border firms that do not comply with Vietnamese law, Hung added.

He called for the cooperation of enterprises and the authorities to manage advertisements on cross-border platforms and the security of social networks.

Also, local network and advertising service providers have to obey the law and must not ignore or cover up violations by foreign partners. Meanwhile, tech firms should study and launch programs to supervise activities on cross-border platforms.

Domestic enterprises should prioritize posting ads on domestic channels featuring appropriate content.

Nguyen Thanh Lam, head of the Radio and Television Broadcasting Department, under the Ministry of Information and Communications, said that nearly 8,000 videos with harmful and inappropriate content have been removed from YouTube, as required by the department. However, 55,000 similar videos remain in place.

He claimed Vietnam has a big number of people making money from YouTube. Meanwhile, they are allowed to buy ads directly from Google and YouTube without the involvement of domestic advertising agents, causing tax revenue losses for the State.

According to a representative of the Department of Cyber Security and High-tech Crime Prevention, under the Ministry of Public Security, it is hard to reach a consensus with Google on the removal of unwanted videos. As such, the local competent agencies should enhance control over video contents as most of the content creators are Vietnamese.

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