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Vietnam bans social sharing of news online

The Vietnamese government is banning the sharing of news stories on social media networks.

Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter should only be used to “to provide and exchange personal information”, according to a decree from the government.

Social media users will no longer be allowed “to quote general information, information from newspapers, press agencies or other state-owned websites”, the head of the department of radio, TV and electronic information Hoang Vinh Bao said, AFP reports.

The move is seen as a way to clamp down on Vietnam’s increasingly vociferous social media scene and protect official news agencies against sites that aggregate news – such as Yahoo! – and “steal” revenue, a source working in Vietnam told Mumbrella.

Another source said that the implications of the ban for advertisers would be negligible.

The ban comes into effect in September, although it is unclear how it will be enforced.

In Vietnam, non state-owned newspapers and television are banned.

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