Code of conduct on social media to come soon
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has compiled a Code of Conduct (COC) for social networks,
which will be applicable to state agencies, officials, civil servants, employees in state agencies, other organizations and individuals using social networks, and social network service providers in Vietnam.
According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, the issue of child protection in the Internet environment has been added to the Code of Conduct on social networks.
Commenting on MIC’s proposal, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told MIC to issue the COC in a suitable form according to the provisions of law and the ministry’s functions and duties.
At the latest National Assembly’s Q&A session on November 9, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said that in April 2020, MIC submitted to the Prime Minister a proposal on considering and promulgating the COC on cyberspace. The Government approved the content and told the MIC to consider issuing additional authority.
According to Minister Hung, this COC will be issued in 2020.
He said that the issue of protecting children in the internet environment is integrated into the COC.
Specifically, the COC proposes that users and network service providers must comply with Vietnamese law and respect legitimate rights and interests of organizations and individuals, including children's rights. Social network users and network service providers are requested to guide and educate children and adolescents on the safe use of social networks.
Minister Hung said that the Prime Minister had assigned the MIC to preside over the compilation of a project to protect and support children’s safe interaction and creativity in the online environment in the period 2020-2025.
This project provides basic solutions to solve problems such as establishing an agency in charge of receiving feedback on child abuse content, application of artificial intelligence technology, and analyzing big data to detect early, proactively select and remove child abuse content in the internet environment.
This project also aims to equip children with basic digital skills, including education on awareness about the network environment and skills so that children can protect themselves and identify the risks in the cyber environment and take appropriate actions.
"This project has been submitted to the Prime Minister and will be signed in 2020," Minister Nguyen Manh Hung said.
The Ministry of Public Security so far this year has prosecuted 131 subjects who used high technology to violate the laws, while 469 other subjects were handled for administrative violations.
The Authority of Information Security (AIS) has reported impressive results in ensuring information security, but stressed that cyberattacks have become increasingly dangerous and sophisticated.