The issue which started back in August is a hoax! check it out! Interesting that even CNN fell for it and it's even not April yet!
The Vietnamnese government blocked the access of Facebook now. (According to MikeInVietnam - here.
This is truly a sad day since I knew people in Vietnam, now the chance to find them on Facebook will be zero :(
I was able to get back in touch with people that appeared to be appearing nowhere.
My friend Dan Offer (known for offering the pretty cool Facebook chat client named Chit Chat for Facebook) decided to open a dedicated Facebook Group - Unblock Facebook in Vietnam to get Vietnam to think twice!
According to CNN's iReport blog, those are the reasons:
"For security reasons and to fight against propagative activities that oppose the Party and the government, Department of Professional Technology – Office of Security Administration – Ministry of Public Security suggests that the addressed companies to apply technical methods to block thoroughly these following websites.”
This act of political censorship clearly manifest the government’s recognition of the threat posed by Facebook, specifically its power to communicate and publicize. Although Vietnamese internet users have already found back doors to access Facebook by changing DNS information from browser or using another proxy, nevertheless, the Vietnamese government still achieves its ultimate goal: to arrest the spread of "malicious" information."
This is a very big social threat for us Facebook users, for all Vietnamese and globalism!
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