HANOI, Vietnam — A new Internet law will make it illegal for Vietnamese to post general information online, it states that bans social network users from sharing information and stipulates that international companies must hold servers inside the country.
Furthermore, The 20.4 clause of Decree 72, which is due to become active on 1 September, states that a person’s social network page “should be used to provide and exchange information of that individual only; it does not represent other individual or organization, and is not allowed to provide compiled information.”
Decree 72, which also prohibits the posting of material that “opposes” the Socialist Republic of Vietnam or “harms national security”, is part of a wider crackdown on dissent in the country, where the communist rulers are growing increasingly weary of the Internet and social media.
The head of Vietnam’s Online Information Section Nguyen Thanh Huyen, told Reuters “We never ban people from sharing information or linking news from websites. It was totally misunderstood,”.
Vietnam rejected criticism by the United States and leading internet firms like Google and Facebook on Tuesday over a controversial internet control decree 72 and said, it had been misunderstood and did not violate human rights.
“In January of 2010, Ding 41 and Tien Trung 26, were arrested and sentenced to prison terms of five and seven years for advocating a multiparty system through the Internet and meetings”, plusultratech reported.