Vietnam does not limit the use of the Internet and social media

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Vietnam has more than 60 million Internet users, of which Facebook alone has nearly 50 million users.

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Every year, the American organization Freedom House publishes a report on Internet freedom in more than 60 countries around the world. This organization has repeatedly classified Vietnam as a group of countries without Internet freedom. This is an assessment that lacks objectivity and does not accurately reflect what is really happening in Vietnam, according to Major General Dr. Nguyên Xuân Yêm, director of the Center for Non-Traditional Security at Hanoi National University.

Since 2020, when the whole country has focused on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic, numerous opinions have been published on the web, especially on social media. all walks of life, party and state leaders. For their part, Party and State leaders are also listening to the people to add policies to prevent and control the epidemic. Major General Nguyên Xuân Yêm stresses that everyone can recognize freedom of opinion and freedom to use social media in Vietnam. If anyone says, “Vietnam prevents” On “strange citizenship”this is completely impractical, he added.

According to Major General Nguyên Xuân Yêm, Vietnam is considered one of the fastest growing countries in the world. The country has more than 60 million Internet users, of which Facebook alone has about 50 million users. Vietnam also promotes the creation of its own social networks or links between Vietnam and other countries, for example, Zalo networks, Viber, Zing Me … This shows that social networks are very popular in Vietnam. Nguyên Xuân Yêm states this “Freedom of the press, freedom of opinion and the use of social media in Vietnam are in line with the development of the world, the region and the country.”

During the period of implementation of social distancing to fight the epidemic, the Party and the State have maximized people’s access to the Internet and social networks in the service of work, even in remote areas. For example, the “Waves and Computers for Kids” program was launched with the goal of bringing low-cost Internet bandwidth, distance learning platforms, and tens of millions of computers. personal to students in difficult circumstances, especially those living in subject areas. to social distancing.

With regard to national security, he emphasized that there was currently a great deal of interest in the network, as well as national sovereignty linked to political institutions, land areas, airspace and maritime waters. Every country, including Vietnam, establishes sovereignty over its cyberspace. The Cyber ​​Security Act and the Vietnam Information Security Act clearly define that any act of using social media to violate national sovereignty will be punished. According to this expert, citizens have the right to express their opinions and aspirations on social media. However, care must be taken that these acts do not harm the interests of the state, society and citizens.

Currently, on the Internet, information is altered and misused. Thus, Nguyên Xuân Yêm emphasizes the need to monitor the use of social media, strengthen the publication of official information and verify, filter all reliable information and prevent bad information from harming family, relatives, friends and colleagues.

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