Vietnam Wants to Create Homegrown Alternative to Facebook

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A Vietnamese social media network would have a tough time breaking into the country which boasts the world’s seventh-largest Facebook user base.

In the past, officials, including PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister of Information and Communication (MIC) Nguyen Manh Hung, have stated their desire for a local service and the idea was brought up again last month at Internet Day 2018, which is organized by the Vietnam Internet Association.

Le Duy Tien, a member of MIC’s task force on accelerating the development of Vietnam’s digital ecosystem, said a Vietnamese social network is one of its five major aims including establishing a native local search engine, browser, anti-virus software and operating system.

Vietnamese are ardent social media devotees, boasting 42 million daily and 60 million total Facebook users. The advantages to a native version were not expanded upon.

Vietnam already has more than 360 legal and homegrown social media networks…

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