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TikTok’s violations in Vietnam found, says official

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The ongoing inspection into the operations of social media platform TikTok in Vietnam, set to conclude this month, has uncovered a number of regulatory violations, said Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Lam.

He said that the inspection found the global leading short-video platform had committed several violations of Vietnamese laws.

Still, as the inspection is still underway, the authorities would be unable to provide details about the breaches, added Lam.

The Ministry of Information and Communications, in collaboration with relevant agencies, has conducted a comprehensive inspection of TikTok’s activities in Vietnam since mid-May, focusing on how its algorithm distributes content that can create trends on social media.

The effort was expected to ensure TikTok operations comply with the Vietnamese legal framework, preventing fake news, superstition and disinformation from spreading on the platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.

According to the Authority of Broadcasting, Television and Electronic Information, six major violations of TikTok Vietnam include TikTok’s failure to handle content violations; its algorithm to spread content, even offensive ones for views; the lack of measures to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods; the mismanagement of TikTok idols’ activities; non-copyrighted content; and the mismanagement of personal data.

TikTok’s representatives said that the inspection would be an opportunity for the firm to listen to feedback from the Government and improve its operations in Vietnam.

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