- Tho Nguyen is a famous YouTuber in Vietnam, who has more than 8.7 million followers
- The Department of Television, Broadcasting and E-information has asked TikTok and YouTube to remove these clips
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Tho Nguyen, a YouTuber famous for content for kids, with more than 8.7 million followers, has been criticized by the online community for two video clips with superstitious content.
On February 25 and 27, Tho Nguyen uploaded two clips with content about Kumanthong dolls on TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
In the clip posted on February 27, Tho Nguyen said that she made a video using a doll to “ask for good study” after “receiving many requests from children”. These clips were then posted on her YouTube channel. They have been strongly criticized by the online community.
Tho Nguyen is a famous YouTuber in Vietnam, who has more than 8.7 million followers. Tho Nguyen YouTube channel offers kid-oriented videos. Tho Nguyen began to become famous in Vietnam in 2017, after her clip of bathing in a giant jelly bath spread on social networks. After that, she continued to make other videos such as boiling cans of carbonated soft drinks, putting dry ice in water bottles… causing mixed reactions.
Since then, the number of viewers and followers of Tho Nguyen has increased dramatically, reaching 6.2 billion views and 8.74 million subscribers, the 7th Youtuber with the highest subscribers in Vietnam.
Tho Nguyen has also signed many advertising contracts with big brands for children and became a KOL in the field of children’s toys. The Tho Nguyen channel is currently under the management of the Canadian BBTV network.
The Department of Television, Broadcasting and E-information has asked TikTok and YouTube to remove these clips.
An official from the Department of Television, Broadcasting and E-information of the Ministry of Information and Communications told VietNamNet that the agency was working with the police regarding the case of Tho Nguyen.
If Tho Nguyen does not cooperate with the authorities, the Department of Television, Broadcasting and E-information will ask Google to block her channel.
Google supports blocking YouTube channels with superstitious content. These YouTube channels may even be listed as being unpaid.
The Department of Television, Broadcasting and E-information recommends that parents, if they find inappropriate content, use filters before allowing their children to watch online content.
Regarding Tho’s content, Kumanthong is a household divinity of Thai folk religion. It is believed to bring luck and fortune to the owner if properly revered. The authentic Kuman Thong originated in a practice of necromancy. They were obtained from the desiccated fetuses of children who had died while still in their mothers’ womb. The witch doctors were said to have the power to invoke these stillborn babies, adopt them as their children, and use them to help them in their endeavors.
This article was originally published in VNA