Indonesia Blocks Yahoo, Paypal and Other Gambling Websites for License Violation
Indonesia has blocked the website of search engine Yahoo, payment company PayPal and several gaming websites for violating licensing rules, an official said on Saturday, sparking a backlash on social media.
The rules, published in late November 2020, require registration and would give authorities broad powers to compel platforms to reveal certain user data and immediately remove content deemed illegal. Delete “disturbing public order” within hours and if not necessary within 24 hours.
Several tech companies rushed to sign up, leading to the deadline being extended to Friday, including Alphabet Inc., Metaplatforms Inc. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and Amazon.com.
Blocked websites include Yahoo, PayPal and gaming sites such as Steam, Dota 2, Counter-Strike and EpicGames, Samuel Abrijani Pingrapan, a senior Indonesian communications ministry official, said in a text message.
PayPal, Yahoo’s parent private equity firm Apollo Global Management, and US game developer Valve Corporation, which operates Steam, Dota and Counter-Strike, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Epic Games could not be reached for comment.
Hashtags such as “blokirkominofo” (block ministry of communications), Epic Games and PayPal are trending on Indonesian Twitter, with several written posts blaming the government’s decision on the Indonesian online gaming industry and freelancers using PayPal. . criticized as harmful.
Pangerapan did not respond to a request for comment.
With around 191 million internet users and a young, social media-savvy population, the Southeast Asian nation is a major market for a number of tech platforms.
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