Vietnam government has decided to slap fines on social network users who slander or bad-mouth organisations and individuals online, officials confirmed on Friday.
The Ministry of Information and Communications has drafted a new decree, netizens who provide false information; slander or smear the reputation of organisations; or honour and dignity of individuals will be fined to the tune of 30-50 million Vietnamese dongs ($1,300-2,200), Xinhua news agency reported.
According to a report, fines of 20-30 million Vietnamese dong ($885-1,300) will be imposed on social network users who reveal secrets of other individuals or organisations without their consent; describe obscene acts, human killing or accidents in every detail; or disseminate superstition or information that is deemed inappropriate to Vietnam’s customs and traditions.
Those who use Fake ids, personal information and images of other people to create social network accounts for themselves will be fined 10-20 million Vietnamese dongs ($442-885).
According to the ministry, regulations are necessary because social media is developing rapidly, and information on social networks is having increasingly bigger effects.
Statistically, Vietnam had nearly 50 million internet users or over 53 percent of its total population by the end of February. The country plans to increase the rate of internet users among its population to 80-90 percent in the next few years.
As of late February 2016, Vietnam had 35 million Facebook users, or one-third of the country’s population, Facebook announced last year.
Facebook is the dominant social network in Vietnam; few local people use other social networks.