The Hanoitimes - A map used for Facebook advertising wrongfully depicted the Spratly and Paracel islands as part of China.
Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) stated over the incident in a regular press conference yesterday.
As such, the Ministry of Information and Communications has immediately contacted and requested Facebook to fix this wrongful depiction, said MoFA Deputy Spokesperson Ngo Toan Thang.
“Vietnam has sufficient legitimate foundation and historic evidence to claim its sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel islands in line with international law,” Thang stressed.
Deputy Spokesperson of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ngo Toan Thang
That the map for Facebook advertising wrongfully depicted the two islands, which are under Vietnam's sovereignty, as part of China has sparked public anger in Vietnam.
As of afternoon on Monday, the social media giant removed Paracel, Spratly islands from China's map at Vietnam's request.
In a press release issued Thursday, Facebook said that the issue with a map used for the Facebook advertising tool was a technical error and a patch to fix it was being deployed globally.
Facebook then apologized for the mistake and said that the company had explained itself to the Vietnamese government and fixed the issue as requested.
Around 53 million Vietnamese are using Facebook and other social networks, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications. The country was the seventh biggest market of Facebook users worldwide in 2017.
Vietnam has consistently affirmed that it has full legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands. The country has repeatedly affirmed that all activities violating Vietnam's territorial sovereignty over the islands go against international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).