Indonesia blocks access to PayPal, Steam, Epic Games and other services

It is the Indonesian government Tightening its content moderation laws in the country, affecting several tech giants operating in the region. Initially, local authorities gave several companies time to comply with national legislation, but tech giants such as PayPal and SteamBlocked online offering of their services for not adapting in time.

presented in 2020, MR5 lawwhich is quite comprehensive and affects several companies and industries, gives The right of local authorities to obtain data from specific users and remove content that may violate public order or that is considered illegal.

In order for foreign companies to comply with this new law, Indonesian authorities have given them until July 27, 2022 to register in the government database and be able to resume normal operations. Some companies have already managed to register on time, e.g Google and its services and popular game Roblox But companies like it paypal, Steam, Yahoo and a few others They did not register in time and were blocked in the Asian country.


List of some major blocked companies and services | Credits: Reproduction / Daniel Ahmad

as reported on the edgeIn 2022, the Digital Rights Group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) made a report stating that the new legislation is “restrictive to human rights”. At the beginning of the month, the group sent the document Ministry of Communication and Information of Indonesia (cominfo) asking them to remove the “moderation rules for invasive content”.

For the part of the population that has an account PayPalThe Indonesian government extended the service until today (31). With this, the government expects users to migrate and transfer money to other platforms.

THE Valve was one of the most affected by the lockout, with some of its most popular games DOTA 2 and counter strike is blocked. But the company responded on the edge It says it is already “working to meet Indonesia’s requirements”. The rest of the companies should follow the path of the gaming platform and register in the government database over time.

Source: Daniel Ahmadon the edge

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