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Vietnam wants Facebook, YouTube, TikTok users to verify identities

News coincides with authoritarian state's plan for sweeping probe of TikTok

The Vietnamese government says individuals and groups will have to confirm their identities for social media accounts to fight human trafficking and other crimes. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam plans to require Facebook, YouTube and TikTok users to verify their accounts, part of the one-party state's widening internet clampdown that includes a "comprehensive" probe into political content on TikTok.

Individuals and groups will have to confirm their identities for social media accounts, a move aimed at fighting human trafficking and other crimes, according to a post published on the information ministry's Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information website late on Monday. The authority shared a separate post the same day saying the ministry has an "inspection plan" for TikTok that will involve multiple ministries and span the last two weeks of May.

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