WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi has deactivated its account on a popular Vietnamese website that's full of suspected pirated music and Hollywood movies.
The U.S. had used the site to promote American values, including respect for intellectual property rights.
The State Department says the social media account with ZingMe was suspended after a review prompted by concerns about digital piracy on the site.
Spokesman Mark Toner says the suspension is part of a dialogue with ZingMe's parent company about intellectual property rights. He says the embassy hopes to be able to reactivate its account after "adequate progress" on the property rights issue.
The Associated Press reported last month that the account raised questions about whether Washington was legitimizing a site accused of piracy.