The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Is Vietnam Silencing Social Media Activists?

    If “Facebook is the new town square,” as one pro-democracy activist suggests — referring to the popularity of the social network in media-controlled Vietnam — then there’s also a new sheriff. Nearly 25 million Vietnamese use the banned site, but a government-sponsored “online army” is reportedly targeting and shutting down activists’ accounts by reporting them for “misuse.” Nearly 100 activists have been targeted, and they’re growing wary of the “army” ironically using Facebook’s “democratic” abuse-report system to its advantage.


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