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National social networks will not replace foreign ones: minister
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National social networks will not replace foreign ones: minister

The Saigon Times Daily

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung fields questions at a question-and-answer session on November 8 - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Vietnam is not developing national social networks to replace foreign ones, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung noted, adding that both kinds of social networks should operate simultaneously.

At a National Assembly (NA) question-and-answer session on November 8, deputy Nguyen Thi Mai Hoa from Dong Thap Province pointed out that the Vietnamese tend to use foreign social networks more than local ones. However, it is hard to manage foreign social networks, she said.

Hoa asked the minister whether locally developed social networks are strong enough to replace foreign ones, the local media reported

Deputy To Thi Bich Chau from HCMC shared this view, proposing the Ministry of Information and Communications work out plans to develop Vietnamese social network brands to manage information and develop the economy.

In response, Minister Hung explained that it is necessary to develop Vietnam’s own social networks to take control of Vietnamese cyberspace and the economy.

If local residents rely entirely on foreign social networks, national security may be threatened, Minister Hung added.

Vietnam has integrated deeply with global development and called on foreign firms to conduct their business in the country. However, these firms must comply with local regulations, contributing to the country’s development.

Soon after being appointed to head the ministry, Hung established a working team to support the development of Vietnam’s social networks and set a target for the number of local users of these networks to match that of foreign ones.

A year later, the number of local social network users increased from 50 million last year to 65 million this year. The figure is expected to reach 90 million in 2020.

Meanwhile, the number of Vietnamese users of Facebook, Twitter, Google and Instagram is some 90 million, including 50 million Facebook users.

Local social networks are expected to have a high number of users and earn revenue from advertisements like Facebook does.

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