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Friday, November 20, 2009

Vietnam's Facebook Block Saga Continues

An article by The Press Association Sheds a little light on the current Facebook black-out in Vietnam:

“Government officials and managers at several of Vietnam's state-controlled internet service providers did not respond to a request for comment.

But technicians at two of Vietnam's largest internet service providers said they had been swamped with calls from customers complaining they could not access Facebook during the last week.

A technician at Vietnam Data Corp. said government officials had ordered his firm to block access to Facebook and that VDC instituted a block on the site on November 11. He declined to give his name because he was not authorised to speak to the media.”

Most of the article merely rehashed current discussion on the internet by users within Vietnam, but the above quote, if it can be believed, suggested something more sinister is going on. Granted, the only difference between journalism and hearsay is whether or not one gets paid to dispense it, but at this point in time, any little bit of information is very illuminating for users in Vietnam now who are largely now cut off.

Quite a few of my own contacts have told me that this move by Vietnam deals a serious blow to the expat community in Saigon and Hanoi, who relied on Facebook heavily for career networking and social activities.

Read the full article HERE.

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