Since “toxic” content on the short-video platform “poses a threat to the country’s youth, culture, and tradition,” Vietnam will begin investigating TikTok’s operations there in May, the Information Ministry announced on Thursday.
Le Quang Tu Do, a ministry representative, stated at a press conference without going into specifics that it was “much more difficult” to moderate content on the well-known Chinese-owned program that offers bite-sized films than it was on other platforms.
Do stated that “tougher actions will be required to counteract that stuff; removal alone is insufficient.” He didn’t go into detail about the measures.
According to information provided by research firm DataReportal, the ByteDance-owned app has close to 50 million users in Vietnam who are 18 years of age or older, according to the government.
When asked if TikTok would be prohibited in the Southeast Asian nation, Do responded that anyone who disobeyed local laws would not be accepted.
“Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok are all global social media platforms that adhere to universal standards. Do stated in a statement earlier this week that TikTok has recently allowed “toxic, insulting, deceptive, and superstitious content, but the platform needs to adhere by local legislation when operating in Vietnam, both with regard to content and tax duties “on its platform, content.
According to the ministry, TikTok is the only platform being investigated because it is the only one having local offices.
The company claimed that in February, the Administration of Broadcasting and Electronic Information informed it that a delegation from the government will visit its operations in Vietnam in the second quarter.
TikTok Vietnam stated in an email that “This is an interdisciplinary inspection effort scheduled by the government and in accordance with Vietnam law for firms operating in Vietnam, not just TikTok.”
TikTok Vietnam also said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday that it had modified its policies, which are anticipated to go into effect on April 21, to be more open about its regulations and how it enforces them.