return icon

Vietnam plans to create its own Facebook-like social network, say experts

VietNamNet Bridge - Facebook remains the social network dominant in Vietnam with 60 million users a month. 

VietNamNet Bridge - Facebook remains the social network dominant in Vietnam with 60 million users a month. 


There are 40 million Facebook users in Vietnam

However, a Vietnamese social network similar to Facebook and reserved for Vietnamese has become a hot topic recently. It was again mentioned on Internet Day 2018 organized by the Vietnam Internet Association on November 5.

Vietnam ranks seventh among the biggest Facebook using countries. Facebook is the most commonly used social network in Vietnam (higher than Zalo, a Vietnamese app) with 40 million users.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung have stated that Vietnam encourages technology firms to create a social network for Vietnamese.

Arguments were raised about whether Vietnamese can create such a social network for themselves.

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) still shows its strong determination to implement the plan.

Le Duy Tien, a member of the MIC’s taskforce on accelerating the development of Vietnam’s digital ecosystem, said Vietnam’s social network is one of the ‘five major pillars’ that the ministry will focus on in the time to come. 

The other four ‘pillars’ are Vietnam’s search engine, Vietnam’s browser, anti-virus software and operating system.

Vietnam ranks seventh among the biggest Facebook using countries. Facebook is the most commonly used social network in Vietnam (higher than Zalo, a Vietnamese app) with 40 million users.

“In principle, Vietnam’s digital ecosystem will be developed and provided by Vietnamese firms and operate in accordance with the market economy’s rules,” Tien said.

Russia is the only country in the world where Facebook ranks second in popularity to a home-made social network, called VK. The social network has 100 million users in Russia.

In China, Facebook holds a very small market share because it is blocked. Chinese firms developed an ecosystem of their own to satisfy people’s demands.

In Vietnam, Facebook and Zalo are the best known. However, according to Tien, Zalo  inclines toward OTT (over the top), a solution that provides content to users based on the Internet, while Facebook is a social network.

“Products similar to Facebook are not available in Vietnam. In other words, Facebook doesn’t have rivals in Vietnam,” Tien explained.

He said that a lot of Vietnamese firms are “nurturing the idea of developing a made-in-Vietnam social network like Facebook” but admitted that “ one is strongly determined to do this”.

According to Tien, every technological product has its own age. Products don’t necessarily have to be like Facebook.

“It may happen that an original idea will attract Vietnamese users and help a Vietnamese social network have the upper hand over Facebook,” Tien said.


Are Vietnamese social networks powerful enough to replace Facebook?

75% of Vietnamese students under-12 use social media, not aware of risks: survey

Mai Lan


Red soil dust from Long Thanh Airport blankets homes, puts health at risk

The ongoing construction of Long Thanh Airport has led to an infiltration of red basalt soil dust into nearby residential areas, posing potential health risks for locals.

Hanoi to turn 78 sites into underground public parking lots

Hanoi plans to establish underground public car parks at 78 sites across four central districts, as confirmed by the municipal People's Committee.

Vietnam's economy to grow by 6.6% this year: OECD

Vietnam's economy will grow by 6.6% this year and at a similar rate in 2024, according to a report released on March 31 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Hanoi to build 48 markets and upgrade flower gardens this year

Hanoi has planned to build 48 new markets and upgrade 11 flower gardens and one park this year.

Vietnam spends $2.72 billion to import seafood, foreign crab floods market

Imported seafood is no longer the food of the rich. Vietnamese are consuming more seafood from Japan, Australia, South Korea and Canada.

Some key interest rates fall further early next week

The State Bank of Vietnam, the central bank, announced five separate decisions on March 31 to further lower some key interest rates, with effect from April 3. This is the second round of rate cuts in March.

Professor wants to connect local and international science communities

Vietnamese-born Professor Nguyen Thuc Quyen from University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-chair of the VinFuture Prize Pre-screening Committee, said she wants to connect Vietnam's and the world's scientific communities more closely.

Beautiful Tra Su melaleuca forest featured in movies

Tra Su has been recognized by the Guinness World Records Organization as the most beautiful Melaleuca Forest in Vietnam.

Blooming Central Highlands coffee flowers attract visitors

Coffee flowers are in full bloom across some Central Highlands provinces during spring, attracting many visitors.

Vietnamese and the ‘becoming old before getting rich’ fear

The long queues of people waiting for their turn to get lump sum benefits at social insurance agencies since 2021 reflects the situation of many laborers two years after the pandemic outbreak.

Development pace picking up in energy

Wealthy foreign investors in energy are expanding their long-term strategies in Vietnam while many ongoing projects that missed the feed-in tariff deadline are struggling to find a revenue balance.

Van Phong EZ to become high-end tourism-entertainment center

Van Phong Economic Zone (EZ) in the central province of Khanh Hoa will be developed into a high-end tourism and entertainment service center and be internationally competitive.

Landslides in Mekong Delta increasingly serious

Landslides in many localities in the Mekong Delta have been increasingly serious in recent years, occuring all year round.

Kinks to iron out to prepare for British involvement in trans-pacific agreement

The United Kingdom’s efforts to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are being seconded by Vietnam, but various issues persist involving other members.

Vietnam's seafood exports hardest hit amid reduced global demand

While Vietnam’s export of several key agro-forestry-aquatic products endured a sharp drop of 14.40 percent on-year in the first quarter of 2023, seafood exports were hardest hit with the on-year fall of 29 percent.