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Vietnam to crack down on nonsensical, sensational videos

Sunday, October 11, 2020, 18:35 GMT+7
Vietnam to crack down on nonsensical, sensational videos
Digital illustration alludes to clickbait content fishing for engagements on social media.

The Vietnam Government Office has announced a document as ordered by the prime minister, asking the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Ministry of Public Security to cooperate with other agencies to deal with nonsensical and sensational videos that have been viral on the Internet in recent times.

Earlier, local media reported extensively on such videos, which were posted on social networks to lure viewers and gain profits over the pay-per-click policy.

The nonsensical videos attracted a large number of viewers, causing negative influences on the awareness, lifestyle, and behavior of local children, and thus corrupting the public penchant for media consumption.

However, for many reasons, these contents have still existed and have not been put under control.

Over the past years, the Internet and social networks have become a rich source of information and a helpful tool to support people’s work, lifestyle, and entertainment.

But they have also brought about bad impacts, especially on those overusing social networks and having poor awareness.

Therefore, users are advised to stay alert to negative and fake information to avoid bad influences on their awareness and behavior.

Youngsters, due to inexperience, should receive guidance on tapping Internet resources and participating in social networks.

Most recently, Nguyen Van Hung, the owner of the ‘Hung Troll’ YouTube channel, has been blasted for a video in which he cooked chicken porridge by putting a whole chicken — feathers and all — into a large pot of boiling porridge on a stove.

The Department of Information and Communications of northern Bac Giang Province, Hung’s hometown, has levied a fine of VND7.5 million (US$324) on him for the video, which they say goes “against the fine traditions and good customs [of Vietnam].”

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Xuan Tung / Tuoi Tre News

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