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Vietnam Follows in China’s Footsteps With New Law Banning Online Criticism of Government

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Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalizes criticizing the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent.

The law, which mirrors China’s draconian internet rules, came into effect on January 1st and forces internet providers to censor content deemed “toxic” by the ruling communist government.

The Vietnam government has intensified a crackdown on criticism since 2016, jailing dozens of dissidents.

The government has asked Facebook and Google to open offices in Vietnam, and to agree to comply with the new censorship and user data rules.

Curated from The Guardian

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