Indonesia has blocked payments firm PayPal, search engine Yahoo! And several gaming websites like Steam, EpicGames, and more due to their failure to comply with licensing rules, a government official said.
The move sparked a backlash on social media.
Under the rules released in late November 2020, registration is required, which will give authorities broad powers to compel platforms to disclose the data of specific users. It would also allow the government authorities to take down content considered unlawful or that “disturbs public order” within four hours if serious and 24 hours if not.
Several tech firms had rushed to register in days leading to the deadline—which had been extended until Friday—including Alphabet, Amazon.com Inc, and Meta Platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook.
A senior official at Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications, Semuel Aberjani Pangerapan, said in a text message that websites that have been blocked include PayPal, Yahoo!, and gaming sites such as Steam, Dota2, EpicGames, and Counter-Strike, among others.
Apollo Global Management, the parent private equity firm of PayPal and Yahoo! And US game developer Valve Corporation, which runs Dota, Steam, and Counter-Strike, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
With nearly 191 million internet users and a young, social network-savvy population, Indonesia is a significant market for various tech platforms.
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