A senior US social media official told Reuters that Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it does not succumb to government pressure to censor more local political content on its platform.
The official said Facebook complied with a government request in April to increase censorship of “anti-state” posts for local users, but Vietnam again in August asked the company to remove restrictions on key posts said.
“We made an agreement in April. Facebook has upheld our end of the agreement, and we expected the government of Vietnam to do the same,” said the official, who cited the subject’s sensitivity Did not tell the name.
“They have returned to us and have sought to get us to increase the amount of material that is being banned in Vietnam. We have not told them. Some requests about what could happen if we did not happen The request came along. ”
Officials said the threats include shutting down Facebook altogether, a huge market for the social media company where it generates revenue of about $ 1 billion (about Rs 7,400 crore), according to two sources familiar with the number.
Facebook has faced increasing pressure from governments on its content policies, including new regulations and the threat of fines. But it has avoided banning all but some places where it has never been allowed to operate, such as China.