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Data localization is the wrong fight for Big Tech in Vietnam

Facebook and YouTube have leverage to push back on censorship demands

| Vietnam
A Facebook page of a group called Believe in the Party: The social media network is too important to Hanoi to be blocked.   © Reuters

Dien Luong is visiting fellow with the media, technology and society program at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore researching online censorship.

U.S. trade groups representing Google, Facebook and other major technology companies are publicly lobbying Vietnam against new rules due to take effect Oct. 1 that will require them to store data and base operations locally.

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