Facebook today denied allegations that it allows illegal content in violation of Vietnam's new cybersecurity law. It said it has restricted illegal content and is in discussions with the government.
The social networking major said, "We have a clear process for governments to report illegal content to us, and we review all those requests against our terms of service and local law." In a statement, the company added: "We are transparent about the content restrictions we make in accordance with local law in our Transparency Report.
The comments were in response to Vietnamese state media reports that the Ministry of Information and Communication had complained Facebook was allowing users to upload slanderous content and anti-government comments, among other alleged violations of a cybersecurity law that took effect January 1. The law requires service providers such as Google and Facebook operating in Communist-ruled Vietnam to store user data locally, open local offices and remove offending content within 24 hours if requested by the authorities.
Facebook was caught in controversies in countries like China and Vietnam that restrict political dissent. The United States-based company is a leading player in social networking platform and it is being used by a large number of users across the world.