If this really goes on, say goodbye to virtually all forms of online-based productivity and leisure, as Indonesia threatens to ban some of the world’s largest internet companies.
These include the gay dating app Blued banned from immoral LGBT content, TikTok banned from common negative content, and Telegram allegedly promoting the spread of radical content, but the latter
The Ministry of Information and Communication has set a deadline of 20 July (two days from today) for national and international Internet services to officially register with the Ministry as an Electronic System Provider (PSE). If you do not comply with this, it will be banned from operation in Japan from July 21st.
The two bans have since been lifted
Among the ministries and agencies where non-PSE lists are reported are Google and a range of services such as YouTube, Metas Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Other celebrities include Netflix, PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends.
The latter two mobile games say they are working on PSE registration, but the compliance intent by Meta and Google has not yet been announced.
On , the ministry issued a rule requiring digital services to be registered as PSEs or face bans in Indonesia for cybersecurity and user protection purposes. However, despite some extensions, the threat has so far proved to be a bluff, as local and international tech companies that missed the registration deadline haven’t even slapped their wrists.
The ministry has been known in recent years for banning apps and platforms for legal and / or moral reasons.
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