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Google Maps finally corrects misinformation about Vietnam’s beach

May 07, 2020 | 07:14

Google Maps has removed false information about Phu Lam beach in Vietnam’s south-central coastal province of Phu Yen, said Deputy Chief of the provincial People's Committee’s Office Vo Ngoc Chau at a press meeting on May 6.

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Google Maps deletes the wrong phrase of "Phu Lam Golden, sandy South China sea beach" at the location of Phu Lam beach, Phu Dong ward, Tuy Hoa city.

According to VNA, Chau said the office on May 4 received a document from the Ministry of Information and Communications about the results of checking and handling the display of misinformation by Google Maps.

The document said after receiving the information from the provincial People's Committee, the ministry's Department of Radio, Television and Electronic Information requested Google Maps to remove the wrongful information.

As a result, it had deleted the wrong phrase of "Phu Lam Golden, sandy South China sea beach" at the location of Phu Lam beach, Phu Dong ward, Tuy Hoa city, Chau said.

The misinformation was reported by some press agencies on April 17. Afterwards, the provincial People's Committee sent a request to the ministry to handle the issue.

In an urgent official dispatch to the Ministry on April 18, Phu Yen authorities said Google Maps names the coastal area in Phu Dong ward as "Bãi biển Phú Lâm, Golden, sandy South China Sea beach".

The dispatch requests Google Maps to immediately correct the mistake.

Phu Yen is one of the most beautiful provinces in the central region of the country. It has nearly 190km of coastline bordered with zigzag mountains and dotted with many bays, lagoons, cliffs and reefs.

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Phu Yen is one of the most beautiful provinces in the central region of the country with nearly 190km of coastline.

In a similar case, also in April, Facebook’s map is found to have misrepresented Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in its ads creation section by Internet users.

The two archipelagos are, more surprisingly, showed up when the target region is China, Thanh Nien reported.

The two archipelagos didn’t display on Vietnam’s map even after Facebook claimed to have fixed the error.

Thousands of Vietnamese have given Facebook low ratings after the social media giant omitted the East Sea islands from its Vietnam map.

The same mistake had happened earlier in 2018. Facebook had also wrongly displayed the archipelagos as part of China in its ad creation section and had fixed the error later over the complaining of the Ministry of Information and Communications.

China seized the Paracel Islands from South Vietnam by force in 1974, and has been illegally occupying a number of reefs in the Spratly Islands since 1988, said Vnexpress.

Vietnam has repeatedly offered ample historical and legal evidence to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos./.

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