Indonesia blocks Yahoo, Paypal, gaming websites over licence breaches

Indonesian government has blocked search engine website Yahoo, payments firm Paypal and several gaming websites due to failure to comply with licensing rules, Reuters reported on Saturday.
Registration is required under rules released in late November 2020 and will give authorities broad powers to compel platforms to disclose data of certain users, and take down content deemed unlawful or that “disturbs public order.”
Several tech companies had rushed to register in days leading to the deadline, which had been extended until Friday, including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp and Inc.
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at Indonesia’s Communications Ministry, said iwebsites that have been blocked include Yahoo, Paypal and gaming sites like Steam, Dota2, Counter-Strike and EpicGames, among others.
Hashtags like “BlokirKominfo” (block Communication Ministry), Epic Games and Paypal trended on Indonesian Twitter, with many writing messages criticising the government’s move as hurting Indonesia’s online gaming industry and freelance workers who use Paypal.
With an estimated 191 million internet users and a young, social-media savvy population, the Southeast Asian nation is a significant market for a host of tech platforms.The post Indonesia blocks Yahoo, Paypal, gaming websites over licence breaches first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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