Google firm hu­mours Viet­nam

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

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

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