Jul 10, 2018 / 14:15

Vietnam to closely monitor Facebook over the faulty depiction of sovereignty: PM

The Hanoitimes - A map for advertising of Facebook wrongfully depicted Vietnam`s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just requested the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to monitor tightly the following moves of Facebook over its wrongful depiction of Vietnam’s sovereignty.
Similar incidents must not repeat, according to the PM.
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Earlier, 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. The MIC asked Facebook Facebook to clarify the issue.
One spokesperson of Facebook said that it has investigated the issue, which is due to technical error. The firm has fixed the problem and updated the latest version of the map globally.
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).