Indonesia blocks Yahoo, Paypal, gaming websites over licence breaches

Indonesia on Monday urged tech companies to register under new licensing rules or risk having their platforms blocked. According to the data, many big tech companies such as Google and Meta have yet to meet their July 20th deadline.

The registration requirements are part of a set of rules first enacted in November 2020 that require platforms to ban content deemed illegal or, where appropriate, “disruptive to public order” within four hours. to delete it, otherwise, allow it to be deleted within 24 hours.

In a text message to Reuters, communications secretary Jonny G Pratt urged businesses to register before the restrictions went into effect. His ministry said last month that failure to comply could result in the platform being blocked.

As of Monday, more than 5,900 domestic companies and 108 foreign companies, including short video app TikTok and music streaming company Spotify (SPOT.N), have registered, according to the Ministry of Communications.

Other platforms such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google (GOOGL.O), Twitter (TWTR.N), Facebook, Instagram, and Meta Platforms Inc. (META.O), which owns WhatsApp, are not yet registered.

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Google spokespersons did not respond to requests for comment.

The new licensing system applies to all domestic and international operators of electronic services.

Governments can compel companies to disclose certain users’ communications and personal information when requested by law enforcement or government agencies.

The government said the new rules are aimed at internet service providers protecting consumer data and ensuring that online content is used in a “positive and productive” way.

Despite the threat, some analysts say that some platforms, including government officials, are widely used in Indonesia, and are run by companies that are not compliant with Indonesian authorities. I’m skeptical about blocking the platform instantly.

With her 270 million young population savvy in digital, Indonesia is one of the top 10 markets in the world with users from various social media companies such as TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

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