Vietnam has launched a new operation to fight what the government has called "wrong" views on the Internet.
The new cyber combat operation, Force 47, has 10,000 members.It is part of the government’s growing effort to end criticism against the state.
Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia is one of the heads of the military’s political department.At a Monday conference of the Central Propaganda Department,he said the operation is already at work in several areas of the government.
Nguyen Trong Nghia中将是军方政治部门的负责人之一。在中央宣传部周一的一次会议上，他说，该行动已经在政府的几个领域中展开。
In every hour, minute and second, we must be ready to fight proactively against the wrong views, he said.
Communist-ruled Vietnam has increased attempts to control the Internet.The government intends to watch social media more closely and remove material it believes is offensive.
In August, Vietnam’s president said the country needed to pay greater attentionto controlling news websites and blogs with “bad and dangerous” material.
Last month, a blogger was sent to jail for seven years for spreading “propaganda against the state.”The blogger had written about a massive chemical waste spill made by Formosa, a Taiwanese-owned factory in Vietnam.
The court also rejected an appeal from M? Nam, or Mother Mushroom,who is serving a 10-year jail sentence on anti-state propaganda.MeNam had posted articles on Facebook critical of the government on human rights and civilian deaths in police custody.
法院也驳回了MeNam的上诉,Me Nam又叫母亲蘑菇（Mother Mushroom），他因鼓吹反政府言论而判处10年监禁。MeNam此前在Facebook上发表文章，批评政府的人权问题和因警方拘留造成的平民死亡问题。
Vietnam is one of the top 10 countries for Facebook users.The government has written an Internet security bill asking for local placement of Facebook and Google servers.But the bill has been the subject of fierce debate at the National Assembly and is still awaiting its approval.
Its neighboring country, China, allows only local Internet companies that operate under restricted rules.
Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. said Vietnam had developed strong internet spying abilities in an area of the world with weak defenses.
A representative of FireEye told Reuters news agency that Vietnam is not the only nation using these abilities.He said the growing use among nations will impact governments, journalists, activists and even international companies.
He said that cyber spying is becoming more attractive to nationspartly because it provides them with a lot of information while the costs are modest and risks are low.Vietnam denies these claims.
I’m Alice Bryant.