According to a report from the Washington Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg caved to the government of Vietnam and allowed the censoring of critics of the country's leaders and policies.
Zuckerberg is currently under fire after a whistleblower provided evidence and testimony before Congress that showed the company put profits before the public's safety that now has the company scrambling to limit the public fallout.
According to the report, Zuckerberg was made aware of complaints from the Vietnam government and agreed with them out of fear of seeing Facebook banned in a profitable market.
The report states, "In America, the tech CEO is a champion of free speech, reluctant to remove even malicious and misleading content from the platform. But in Vietnam, upholding the free speech rights of people who question government leaders could have come with a significant cost in a country where the social network earns more than $1 billion in annual revenue, according to a 2018 estimate by Amnesty International."
The Post is reporting that three insiders have come forward, after being promised anonymity, and claimed the tech mogul came down on the side of the government.
"So Zuckerberg personally decided that Facebook would comply with Hanoi's demands," the Post is reporting, adding, "Ahead of Vietnam's party congress in January, Facebook significantly increased censorship of "anti-state" posts, giving the government near-total control over the platform, according to local activists and free speech advocates."