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Monday, June 21, 2010

Bye bye Facebook... and other websites

As internet users have come to discover all over Vietnam this week, Facebook is no longer available--at least not by changing the DNS servers on your internet connection--which is what many began doing last November when ISPs around the country began complying with a government directive passed earlier in the year. The government mandated the blocking of Facebook and several other sites.

Likewise, telephone services like Vinaphone finally got into the act this week too. The Facebook iPhone app--one of the ways internet users in Vietnam thwarted the censorship--is now also effectively blocked in Vietnam.

This comes on the heals of a Hanoi mandate that internet service providers in that city must install software, which Google believes, will be used to block websites and gather user information.

Fortunately there are a few work-arounds left... Click here to connect using one of them now: www.facebook.com

Further Reading:

PC Magazine: Google Criticizes Vietnam's Net Sniffing App

AP:Google Calls Vietnam's Internet Rules Restrictive

Previous discussion of the Facebook problem on this blog

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