HCMC – Starting in May, the Ministry of Information and Communications will conduct an inspection of TikTok activities in Vietnam to address rising harmful content on the video hosting service.
The move is expected to ensure TikTok operations align with the Vietnamese legal framework, preventing fake news, superstition and disinformation from spreading on the social media platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.
The inspection will focus on a range of TikTok activities, particularly content, e-commerce and advertising, said Le Quang Tu Do, head of the Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the General Department of Taxation under the Ministry of Finance have also joined the effort.
Vietnam has some 50 million people using TikTok, ranking sixth among the countries with the most users globally, according to online report provider DataReportal.
The TikTok algorithm uses data based on user activities, video information and other settings to determine what content should be customized for each account.
Like Meta’s Facebook and Google’s Youtube, TikTok has also developed a set of community standards with accepted behaviors for a safe interaction environment among users.
Still, all or part of TikTok activities has been banned in many countries and territories, including India, Taiwan, the U.S. and Canada.