Vietnam's authorities are investigating a gaming streamer who allegedly made derogatory comments about state leaders during a live broadcast on social media.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan, who goes by the name "Milona" on social media, was live streaming herself playing the game League of Legends when she said that state leaders are bald-headed because they watch adult movies.
"Perhaps as they don't do a damned thing but watch 18+ movies at home all day, state presidents all go bald," she said.
“Their [expletive] heads only have a few hairs left, right? Because they don’t do any [expletive] things but stay at home to watch 18+ movies.”
Milona has over 250,000 followers on Facebook. While she did not specify which state leaders she was referring to, her remarks drew backlash from state media, which labeled her action as insults to Vietnam's "high-ranking leaders."
Lack of Freedom of ExpressionFreedom of expression and civil society activism is "tightly restricted" in the communist-controlled country, according to the Freedom House, which ranked Vietnam as "not free" in its 2022 Freedom in the World report.
The U.S.-based organization said that Vietnam has further restricted internet freedom by introducing a draft law in July that would restrict live streaming and launching a national code of conduct for social media users.
"The authorities have increasingly cracked down on citizens’ use of social media and the internet to voice dissent and share uncensored information," the report stated.
The country's cybersecurity law requires companies like Facebook and Google to store information about users in Vietnam and allows the government to block access to content deemed dangerous to national security, it stated.