Vietnam to probe TikTok comprehensively over ‘toxic’ contents from May 15
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) will conduct a comprehensive inspection over TikTok's activities in Vietnam from May 5, given its continuous and regular violations, the ministry announced on May 5.
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) will conduct a comprehensive inspection over TikTok's activities in Vietnam from May 15, given its continuous and regular violations, the ministry announced on May 5.
Le Quang Tu Do, head of the MIC’s Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information, said that the probe will last until the end of May.
The ministry had sent a dispatch to relevant ministries and sectors requesting them to send personnel to join the inspection team, Do stated, adding that the MIC will have comprehensive assessment of impacts and influences of the cross-border platform on the community, especially young people.
TikTok, along with its Chinese counterpart Douyin, is a short-form video hosting service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.
Vietnam currently ranks 6th among the 10 countries with the largest number of TikTok users in the world. In February, there were about 49.9 million people using TikTok in Vietnam, according to DataReportal.
Last month, the MIC announced six major violations committed by TikTok in Vietnam.
First, TikTok failed to handle violations in content related to politics, hostile activities against the Party and Government, fake news, and harmful contents.
Secondly, TikTok used an automated algorithm to create trends and spread content for views, regardless of its offensive content, which has a negative impact on the community and youth.
Thirdly, it lacked effective measures to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods, illicit drugs and supplements with unknown origins.
Fourthly, this short-form video platform failed to manage the activities of TikTok idols, many of whom create inappropriate content to attract viewers’ curiosity. For example, some TikTok idols have recently created unsuitable online challenges, in which the more shocking and offensive the content is, the more gifts or money they receive. TikTok receives 70% of the total revenue from such challenges.
Fifthly, non-copyrighted content has been rampant on this platform without any effective prevention measures from TikTok. And
Sixthly, TikTok has no effective measures to prevent users from using someone else’s private and personal images to spread fake news or defame and insult others.