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Asia-Pacific

Vietnam's own 'Facebook' fuels rumours of spying

media Vietnam is trying to replicate the success of other social networking sites RFI/E Dupard

Vietnam’s communist government has launched its own social-networking site following allegations of spying and restricting access to Facebook, the world’s most popular online networking service.
 

A pilot version of the go.vn site went live yesterday in the country’s biggest ever IT project.

But Minister of Information and Communication Le Doan Hop denies that the launch is an attempt to squeeze out uncontrolled networks.

"Several people said I ordered the launching of the Vietnamese network to eliminate Google or Yahoo. It's not true."

A variety of content from the political to the risqué has prospered on the Vietnamese electronic highway, because traditional media are all linked to the state.

Last month Vietnam denied Internet giant Google’s accusations that the country’s computer users had been spied on and that political blogs were hacked into.

George Kurtz, the Chief Technology Officer of Internet security firm McAffe wrote that perpetrators of the encroachment “may have political motivations and may have some allegiance to the government”.

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