Vietnam flung open its doors to US President, Barack Obama, but US social media, not so welcome. Local activists telling Reuters Facebook was blocked during his visit, part of a broader crackdown on calls for democracy Democracy in the Communist country. Obama promoted human rights during his trip and scolded Vietnam for blocking his meetings with certain government critics.
Reuters' tech reporter basemen Abutaleb have been speaking to activist in the US and Vietnam to find out what Hanoi was trying to silence during Obama's visit.>> Activists against the government were using Facebook and other social media to organize protests. There have been protests throughout the month of May, and it's been repeatedly shut down.
So, it seems that access was restricted or totally blocked to keep people from doing that. This is part of a larger trend that's been happening in a lot of places, especially during Politically sensitive times.>> On Friday, Facebook was back online in Vietnam with Obama in Japan for the J7 Summit.
Back to usual for social media users until the next time the governments on edge, but the Vietnamese internet has ways of squirting the problem. They're pretty used to it and citizens there have found their ways around it when the networks are blocked. They use VPNs or find other ways to still get on to the network or let people know that it's been blocked.
>> Just a few weeks before Obama's visit, protests erupted over an environmental disaster that killed thousands of fish. The government polled access to Facebook and Instagram while police arrested hundreds of protesters.