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Vietnamese social media networks spring up to challenge Facebook

Local players face hard battle for users despite Hanoi's moves to contain US giant

Vietnam's social network Gapo hopes to have 50 million users in the next three years as the government prods local IT companies to create unique social networks.

HANOI -- Vietnamese companies have started a string of new social networks in a bid to crack a sector dominated by Facebook, which boasts more than 60 million users out of a population of over 96 million. 

The latest debut was announced on July 23 by Gapo Technology, a unit of Hanoi-based G-group. 

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