EXCLUSIVE Vietnam plans 24-hour take-down law for “illegal” social media content -sources – Reuters.com

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) stated it had no immediate comment.TikTok, which is owned by Chinas ByteDance, will continue to comply with appropriate regional laws to ensure TikTok stays a safe area for innovative expression, its Vietnam agent Nguyen Lam Thanh told Reuters, adding it would take down material that breaks platform guidelines.Most federal governments do not have laws imposing the taking down of content on social media firms, however Vietnams move comes amid magnifying crackdowns in some parts of the world on online material that have actually alarmed activists.Indonesias federal government is likewise preparing to enforce a comparable 24-hour time frame for federal government requests, sources have actually informed Reuters. DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENTThe planned changes stem from the governments frustration with existing take-down rates for its requests, the sources said.According to information from Vietnams communications ministry, throughout the very first quarter of 2022, Facebook complied with 90% of the governments take-down requests, Alphabet complied with 93% and TikTok complied with 73%. The sources stated in addition to getting rid of “unlawful” content, the federal government desires social media firms to change algorithms to restrict content concerning sexually suggestive material, gambling and the sale of uncontrolled medicines and supplements.The government is likewise eager to take down accounts of celebs it thinks are using their impact to offer inappropriate products, libel others and promote false charitable causes, they said.Social media firms will have difficulty complying with take-down requests in 24 hours, the sources added.They noted that while obvious violations of their own company rules like representations of severe violence can be handled extremely quickly, other requests take longer to examine and discovering competent personnel is a challenge.Register now for FREE unrestricted access to Reuters.comRegisterReporting by Phuong Nguyen in Hanoi and Fanny Potkin in Singapore; Editing by Edwina GibbsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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