Google firm humours Vietnam
GOOGLE Inc’s parent firm, Alphabet , will work with Vietnam’s communist government to stamp out “toxic” and illegal information on its platform, the Southeast Asian nation said yesterday.
Vietnam tolerates little dissent and human rights groups and western countries have criticised its arrests of anti-government bloggers.
In February, Vietnam complained about “toxic” anti-government and offensive content on Facebook and Google’s YouTube application, pressuring domestic firms to withhold advertising until the social media firms found a solution.
Alphabet had made the assurance during a meeting of chairman Eric Schmidt and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi yesterday, the government said on its website.
“Mr Eric Schmidt said [he] will tightly cooperate with Vietnam to remove toxic information violating Vietnamese laws and will consider opening a office in the country,” it said. – Reuters