Meta, Google finally sign up to Indonesia’s content control law

US tech companies Meta, operator of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and Google have finally signed up to Indonesian regulations that grant the government sweeping powers to shut down content it deems undesirable and tax digital sales.

The two companies were among the last of several Internet media platforms that submitted official business registrations in Indonesia, effectively endorsing the new rules. Other popular platforms including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and ByteDance/TikTok, as well as the cloud services of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have also registered, according to Indonesia’s information ministry.

Important market with 200 million Internet users

The moves are largely seen as a compromise by the tech sector to retain access to Indonesia as an important market with around 200 million Internet users which has become an increasingly attractive investment destination for international tech groups. But journalists and activists continue to face harsh punishments under sweeping online media laws.

The Indonesian regulations allow the government to block services that fail to remove within 24 hours content that could potentially “incite unrest” or “disturb public order,” such as those that promote pornography or support terrorism. They also allow the government to levy a value-added tax on the sale of digital goods, from content to virtual items.

Fines and shutdowns for non-compliance

“There will be warnings, followed by fines and, lastly, shutdown of services for those who fail to register,” Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, director general of informatics applications at Indonesia’s information ministry, said.

As one would expect, there has been criticism against the new regulations from inside Indonesia.

The criteria for “disturbing the public” are “flexible” and “rubbery”, Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists said in a statement. It warned that the authorities might consider news revealing human rights violations or crimes “disturbing to public order” for which there is only a vague definition.



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US tech companies Meta, operator of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and Google have finally signed up to Indonesian regulations that grant the government sweeping powers to shut down content it deems undesirable and tax digital sales. The two companies were among the last of several Internet media platforms that submitted official business registrations in Indonesia, effectively endorsing the new rules. Other popular platforms including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and ByteDance/TikTok, as well as the cloud services of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have also registered, according to Indonesia’s information ministry. Important market with 200 million Internet users The moves are largely seen...

US tech companies Meta, operator of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and Google have finally signed up to Indonesian regulations that grant the government sweeping powers to shut down content it deems undesirable and tax digital sales.

The two companies were among the last of several Internet media platforms that submitted official business registrations in Indonesia, effectively endorsing the new rules. Other popular platforms including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, and ByteDance/TikTok, as well as the cloud services of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have also registered, according to Indonesia’s information ministry.

Important market with 200 million Internet users

The moves are largely seen as a compromise by the tech sector to retain access to Indonesia as an important market with around 200 million Internet users which has become an increasingly attractive investment destination for international tech groups. But journalists and activists continue to face harsh punishments under sweeping online media laws.

The Indonesian regulations allow the government to block services that fail to remove within 24 hours content that could potentially “incite unrest” or “disturb public order,” such as those that promote pornography or support terrorism. They also allow the government to levy a value-added tax on the sale of digital goods, from content to virtual items.

Fines and shutdowns for non-compliance

“There will be warnings, followed by fines and, lastly, shutdown of services for those who fail to register,” Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, director general of informatics applications at Indonesia’s information ministry, said.

As one would expect, there has been criticism against the new regulations from inside Indonesia.

The criteria for “disturbing the public” are “flexible” and “rubbery”, Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists said in a statement. It warned that the authorities might consider news revealing human rights violations or crimes “disturbing to public order” for which there is only a vague definition.



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