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Since last Friday (29), platforms such as Steam, PayPal and Yahoo have been blocked in Indonesia by the country’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Kominfo). The regulatory body has determined Online content and service providers are required to register in the new license channel until July 27. Now, the government is already restricting access to unregistered platforms.
The first blockade happened last Friday. according to NetBlocksThere are already many reports from an Internet access monitoring organization that indicate that several popular platforms used by millions of users in Indonesia are already being restricted.
PayPal, Steam and other platforms are blocked
The organization confirmed that among the blocked online service providers in the country are: Yahoo, Steam, PayPal, Battlenet, Epic Games and others. None of the platforms registered with the Indonesian government channel by the July 27 deadline.
These blocks are the result of coordinated action between Cominfo and all major Internet service providers in the country. Although all major companies in the sector have already complied with the order, some smaller companies are avoiding the new regulations.
Reports from several users on Twitter indicate this Restrictions can be bypassed Using VPNs, at least for now. However, this involves potential issues with network speed and latency and payment verification.
due to blocking Many PayPal users in Indonesia have lost access to their accounts and funds. In response, the government said it may temporarily unblock payment platforms this week to allow users to make the necessary withdrawals.
The Indonesian government wants to control the internet in the country
Mandatory registration of private electronic system operators (ESOs) was spelled out in Ministerial Regulation 5 (MR5) published in December 2020. A revised version, Ministry Regulation 10 (MR10) was issued in May 2021.
These two regulations have been constantly criticized by the media, civil society groups and human rights defenders. There will be a new requirement for Cominfo Possible threats to freedom of expressionBecause the Indonesian government is trying to control what goes on the internet.
The new rules introduced by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology were presented as a Content control system That probably should To protect national security and prevent the spread of fake news on the internet.
The new law allows internet censorship
Only platforms that register under the new licensing system can operate legally in the country. Those who don’t will be blocked. For this registration, the Indonesian government requires the appointment of a local representative and a country office to respond Censorship requirements and unrestricted government disclosure requirements.
Any and all information published on the Websites or transmitted by the Platforms and Services is subject to the control of local authorities. This includes, for example, user account data, chat information and other forms of data exchange.
The government may request that content be removed at any time. Harmful to society and national security. In such cases, the provider must remove the material within four hours. For non-urgent censorship requests, this deadline is 24 hours from receipt of order.
As of July 27, about 200 foreign online service providers had already been registered. Among them are the companies Google, Meta, Instagram, TikTok and Spotify. Internally there were 8 thousand provider records.
With information from: GlobalVoices