TikTok seeks constructive feedback after Vietnam inspections

By Dat Nguyen   April 4, 2023 | 10:58 pm PT
Social media platform TikTok has been informed about an upcoming inspection by government agencies and looks forward to constructive feedback afterward, a company spokesperson said.

The Chinese-owned company had been told in early February that officials from the Ministries of Information and Communications and Industry and Trade and the General Department of Taxation would meet with its management in the second quarter.

"We look forward to welcoming the delegation as it would be a great opportunity for TikTok to listen to the feedback from the government," the spokesperson told VnExpress.

Le Quang Tu Do, head of the information ministry’s department of radio, television and electronic information, said recently a lot of toxic, offensive, false, and superstitious contents had been appearing on TikTok Vietnam.

The ministry had issued warnings and instructed TikTok to make changes but effective measures have not been taken, he said.

TikTok’s algorithm even enabled the toxic content to spread faster, he said, promising a full investigation next month.

TikTok was launched in Vietnam in 2019 and now has nearly 50 million users aged 18 and above, the sixth highest of any country, according to research company DataReportal.

The platform removed 1.7 million videos in Vietnam in the last quarter of last year due to violations of its policies.

In the first half of last year it received 292 requests from the government pertaining to uploads, two-thirds of them for removal.

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