Officials: Vietnam not blocking Facebook

HANOI, Vietnam, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Officials in Vietnam said the country's government is not actively blocking the social networking Web site Facebook despite scores of connectivity complaints.

The BBC reported Saturday the unidentified officials' comments come after many of the 1 million Internet users in Vietnam have been unable to connect to Facebook for several days.


The Vietnamese-language version of Facebook was recently unveiled and the ensuing problems prompted allegations of government interference from Web firm employees.

State Internet service provider FPT maintains the connectivity problems experienced by Vietnamese Web surfers stem from a fault that prevents Vietnamese computers from connecting to Facebook's servers in the United States.

FPT insists it is working with foreign companies to solve the problem, the BBC reported.

The Facebook connectivity issues come after Vietnamese authorities requested citizens to only write about personal concerns online, and had several bloggers and online journalists arrested.

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