According to the MIC, there are 1,952 national news websites and 935 licensed social networks, with 10 social networks having more than one million subscribers and 27 with monthly page views of at least 1 million.
News sites and social networks act as the arms of news agencies, helping to spread authentic information in cyberspace. However, news sites and social networks acting as newspapers have caused public frustration.
“Journaling” is defined as magazines, news sites and social networks operating as newspapers, going beyond their functions, principles and objectives defined in their licenses.
The MIC has taken urgent action to resolve this situation. The ministry issued legal documents calling for a tightening of licensing, inspections and operations of organizations and companies establishing news websites and social networks.
MIC will not license news websites and social networks with domain names using words that could imply that the social networks are news agencies. It also asks companies to commit not to produce articles and to publish them on their news sites and social networks.
The MIC’s information and communication departments compiled a list of news and social media websites with manifestations of “logging” and inspected news and social media sites to handle violations, suspend publication and revoke licenses of those with repeat violations.
MIC has organized regular meetings with news sites and social networks. It has launched an application for connecting to news sites and social networks through which it regularly warns, corrects and highlights manifestations of their violations.
Systems for collecting and evaluating information in violation of cyberspace have been established, including the National Cybersecurity Monitoring Center, the Vietnam Center for Combating Fake News, the helpline system and computer facilities. (email, messaging apps…).
Violations include acts of spreading false news, deceptive news, insulting the honor and dignity of organizations, businesses and individuals, using offensive language, violating good customs and traditions and the advertising of illegal products and services.
From January to September 2022, MIC detected 134 potentially confusing domain names and 14 domain names showing signs of ad serving for electronic gambling.