Indonesia blocks Steam, Paypal and other services due to lack of registration

Some of the major platforms that operate on the Internet were unpleasantly surprised to see their services blocked on July 30, 2022. This is what happens when there is a delay in compliance in Indonesia.

It would not be an insult to majesty to say that punctuality in Indonesia is a completely different concept from ours. Anyone who has ever worked with the administration of this country knows what is at stake. But it must be recognized that failure to meet the deadlines and fail to follow the instructions of the Indonesian government can be costly.

ComInfo blocks Steam, Paypal and other services – Photo: Indonesian Ministry of ComInfo

Indeed, Steam, Paypal, Yahoo and other online gaming companies have missed the deadline to bring their services into line. They had to register with the government. Other web giants such as Google, Meta, Facebook, Amazon managed to pass these stages at the last minute.

In 2020, the Indonesian government passed a law called MR5 aimed at protecting Internet users. To this end, it required providers of private electronic systems, such as those mentioned above, to be registered in a government database or banned from the country.

The registration of these platforms is intended to increase government control over these online services. These companies will in the future be forced to remove any content deemed illegal or threatening public order by the authorities. In the event of an emergency, the content in question must disappear within four hours of being notified by the competent authorities.

The Director General of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Semuel Abrigani Pangerapan tried to calm the public. It can order a temporary suspension of restrictions placed on Paypal so that Indonesian customers can access their account and withdraw their money.

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Measures to destroy freedom condemned by NGOs

These measures are seen by some NGOs as detrimental to freedom of expression. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch denounce these censorship attempts and point to unrealistic measures. These directives will overload online services and jeopardize online privacy.

Many Indonesians have also responded to these measures. A protest movement appeared on the network under various hashtags, the most common of which is “BlockirCominfo”. However, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan did not do justice to these criticisms, believing that these measures would better protect Indonesians online.

Source: Endgadget

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