Due to their non-compliance with licensing requirements, Indonesia has blocked search engine Yahoo, payment company PayPal and several gaming websites, according to a report by Reuters.
An official revealed the announcement on Saturday, July 30, which ultimately sparked a backlash on social media.
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Regulations that came into effect at the end of November 2020 made registration mandatory and gave officials broad power to order platforms to pass on user data and remove content deemed illegal or that “disturbs public order” in public places. four hours if necessary and within 24 hours otherwise.
The deadline was finally extended until Friday, July 29. Therefore, several tech companies such as Facebook, Instagram, Alphabet, Meta Platforms, WhatsApp, and Amazon.com had to sign up immediately before they missed the deadline.
Yahoo, Paypal and gaming sites like Steam, Dota2, Counter-Strike and EpicGames, among others, have also been blocked, according to Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at the Indonesian Ministry of Communications.
On Indonesian Twitter, hashtags like “BlokirKominfo(which means blocking the Ministry of Communication), “Epic Games” and “PayPal” have become trendy. Many users have posted messages criticizing the government’s action as harming the Indonesian online gaming sector and to freelancers who use PayPal.
A twitter user wrote: “I just heard that the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information has just blocked Steam, PayPal and LinkedIn. They are literally killing freelancers and eSports players in this country.”
I just learned that the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information has just blocked Steam, PayPal and LinkedIn. They are literally killing freelancers and esports players in this country.#BlokirKominfo pic.twitter.com/NDp0kiwEes
— LALISA⁰³²⁷ (@hwiPARA3bam) July 30, 2022
As of July 29, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) reported receiving 8,680 domestic permit applications and 282 foreign permit applications.
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Game Platforms Blocked
As first reported by IGNmajor online game platforms such as Epic Games, EA, Nintendo, Battle Net, Origin and Ubisoft were unable to submit their license applications before the deadline.
At this time, it is unknown if users’ access to platforms such as Steam and Epic Games would be restored if they late registered with Kominfo.
After being unable to access their game libraries, millions of Indonesian gamers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations. Several netizens have also encouraged themselves to use a VPN or change DNS to play games.
The Southeast Asian country is a major market for a variety of technology platforms, with around 191 million internet users, according to Reuters.
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