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Vietnam ascends global online civility ranking

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Vietnam ascends global online civility ranking

A man returning from the U.S. surfs the Internet on his iPad at a Covid-19 quarantine facility in HCMC, April 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Phuong Phuong.


Vietnamese netizens have become increasingly civil on social media, making the nation one of the world’s biggest improvers in this year’s rankings.

Vietnam ranked 24th out of 32 surveyed economies in the latest Digital Civility Index (DCI) collated by American tech giant Microsoft with an overall score of 72 percent, an improvement over the previous ranking’s 78 percent.

A lower score indicates a lower exposure to online risks and a higher perceived level of online civility, said the report based on interviews of 16,000 adults and teens questioned across 32 economies, including 500 people in Vietnam.

Along with Vietnam, four other big improvers are Colombia, Chile, Peru and Turkey.

A total 36 percent of Vietnamese respondents fell victim to hoaxes, scams and fraud while 28 percent experienced hate speech and 16 percent witnessed discrimination.

Nearly 51 percent of Vietnamese netizens were involved in at least one bullying incident. In Vietnam, generation Y (commonly called millennials, born between 1981 and 1996) and generation Z (born after 1995) were hit hardest by online bullying, the report said.

Improved Vietnamese online civility was driven by teenagers who scored 69 percent as opposed to adults on 74 percent.

Forty-three percent of Vietnamese respondents said online civility improved during the Covid-19 pandemic, which some attributed to a greater sense of community in dealing with the crisis.

On the flip side, 18 percent said online civility grew worse during the outbreak since more false and misleading information was spread and people vented their frustrations online.

For the upcoming decade, Vietnamese respondents mostly called for better safety (65 percent), respect (62 percent), civility (35 percent) and well-being (21 percent), the report noted.

The Netherlands topped the online civility index, followed by Britain and the U.S.

According to official statistics, there are 64 million active social media users in Vietnam, or nearly two-thirds of the country’s population. Of them, six million were Facebook and Instagram users under the age of 18.

Vietnam’s Cybersecurity Law, which took effect earlier last year, bans internet users from humiliating and seriously offending the honor, prestige and dignity of other people or posting false and untruthful information that damages the legal rights and interests of organizations and individuals.

Vietnam’s Cybersecurity Law, which took effect earlier last year, bans internet users from humiliating and seriously offending the honor, prestige and dignity of other people or posting false and untruthful information that damages the legal rights and interests of organizations and individuals.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-ascends-global-online-civility-ranking-4238411.html

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Five new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday evening

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Five new cases reported this evening, one imported and four community cases in Hai Duong who were quarantined.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/888033/five-new-covid-19-cases-reported-on-friday-evening.html

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Five new Covid-19 patients diagnosed

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A health worker is seen wearing a protective suit amid coronavirus fears – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HCMC – The Health Ministry has confirmed five fresh Covid-19 patients this evening, February 26, including four locally-infected cases in Hai Duong Province and one imported case, raising Vietnam’s tally to 2,426 to date.

The four cases in Hai Duong, which is now the country’s biggest coronavirus hotspot, are residents in Kim Thanh, Cam Giang, and Tu Ky districts. They were linked to previously confirmed coronavirus patients and are under treatment at two Covid-19 field hospitals in this northern province.

As for the imported case, she was found to have entered the Vietnamese province of Dong Thap illegally through a border crossing on February 23 and was placed in quarantine. The 24-year-old resident of Can Tho City is being treated at the Hong Ngu General Hospital.

Up to now, 1,804 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, while fatalities remained at 35.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80706/five-new-covid-19-patients-diagnosed.html

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Two more large vessels seized in fake fuel ring

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Nhat Minh 07 and Nhat Minh 09 vessels, which have been seized as they were used to transport fake fuel in a major fake fuel ring – PHOTO: TPO

HCMC – The Dong Nai Police Department seized two more 1,500-ton vessels, Nhat Minh 07 and Nhat Minh 09, as part of a ring that mixed and sold over 200 million liters of fake fuel in the province and other parts of southern Vietnam.

The suspects used the two vessels to transport the fake fuel, the local media reported.

On February 6, while being chased by the police, they controlled the two vessels to crash into the ships of the law enforcement agencies and escaped. They later repainted the vessels to dodge the police chase.

However, they were detected while anchoring the ships at a wharf on the Hau River in An Cong Hamlet, An Lac Tay Commune, Ke Sach District, Soc Trang Province.

The police have also prosecuted two sailors of Nhat Minh 07 vessel and a machinist of Nhat Minh 09 vessel over alleged charges of smuggling.

Thus, the Dong Nai Police Department filed charges against 37 people for their alleged involvement in the ring.

On February 6, more than 500 police officers divided into 14 groups launched snap inspections into storehouses, gas stations, workplaces and the houses of those allegedly involved in the ring in Dong Nai, Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and HCMC.

The police seized two 1,500-ton vessels, five barges, six tank trucks, 2.68 million liters of fuels, four barrels of chemicals, more than VND100 billion, 50 land use rights certificates and 12 cartons of documents.

According to the initial results of an investigation, the ring provided an average of over one million liters of fake fuel a day to the market. Since August 2020, more than 200 million liters of fake fuel had been sold.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80703/two-more-large-vessels-seized-in-fake-fuel-ring.html

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