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YouTube Might Get Fined for Failing to Comply With Vietnam's Advertising Rules

YouTube is in trouble with two ministries in Vietnam over advertising on the video site.

According to Tuoi Tre, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism sent the Ministry of Information a document on February 24 discussing a possible administrative fine against YouTube for violating the country’s advertising regulations. The internal document states that the video-sharing platform has let advertisers in Vietnam run promotional content on the site without notifying local authorities.

Currently, Vietnam’s laws regarding advertising dictate that when cross-border online platforms wish to run ads to a local audience, they must submit the names, addresses and other business details of the vendors to local government agencies first.

This decree has been in effect since 2013, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism shared, however YouTube has been running ads in Vietnam without following this rule. The two ministries have recently stated that they will further investigate the issue and decide on a fine accordingly.

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