Vietnam's battalions of 'cyber-armies' silencing online dissent
Posted in: Censorship at 18/01/2020 23:04
'Force 47', thought to be 10,000-strong, seen as government's online enforcers as new cybercrime law takes effect.
Wearing his trademark black fedora, human rights defender Anh Chi updates his YouTube audience on the situation in Dong Tam village, 40km (25 miles) southwest of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, the site of a recent deadly dispute over land.
Anh Chi is among the few social media-savvy activists, who are trying to push the boundaries of delivering news and analysis straight to the Vietnamese public. But these days, their voices are increasingly becoming muted due to government restrictions.