A law requiring internet companies in Vietnam to remove content communist authorities deem to be against the state came into effect Tuesday, in a move critics called “a totalitarian model of information control”. The new cybersecurity law has received sharp criticism from the US, the EU and internet freedom advocates who say it mimics China’s repressive censorship of the internet.
The law requires internet companies to remove content the government regards as “toxic”. Tech giants such as Facebook and Google will also have to hand over user data if asked by the government, and open representative offices in Vietnam.
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