Yahoo, Paypal Blocked In Indonesia Due To Noncompliance With License Rules

Indonesia stated that the country had blacklisted search engine Yahoo, payments business Paypal, and other gaming websites for failing to comply with licensing laws.
Yahoo, Paypal Blocked In Indonesia Due To Noncompliance With License Rules
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An official in Indonesia stated on Saturday that the country had blacklisted search engine Yahoo, payments business Paypal, and other gaming websites for failing to comply with licensing laws, provoking a social media reaction.

Registration is necessary under laws that will be announced in late November 2020, and would give authorities wide rights to force platforms to provide data of specific users, as well as remove information considered illegal or that "disturbs public order" within four hours if urgent, and 24 hours if not.

Major giants, including Alphabet, hurried to register in the days immediately up to the deadline

Several major giants, including Alphabet, Meta's Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Amazon, had hurried to register in the days immediately up to the deadline, which had been extended to Friday.

According to Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at Indonesia's Communications Ministry, websites that have been blocked include Yahoo, Paypal, and gaming sites such as Steam, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, and Epic Games.

Paypal, Yahoo's parent private equity firm Apollo Global Management, and US game developer Valve, which operates Steam, Dota, and Counter-Strike, did not reply to demands for comment immediately. Epic Games did not respond to requests for comment.

Hashtags such as "BlokirKominfo" criticizing the government's decision

On Indonesian Twitter, hashtags such as "BlokirKominfo" (block Communication Ministry), Epic Games, and Paypal trended, with many penning messages criticizing the government's decision as harming Indonesia's online gaming business and freelance workers who utilize Paypal.

Pangerapan did not reply to an interview request.

The Southeast Asian nation is a big market for a variety of tech platforms, with an estimated 191 million internet users and a young, social-media-aware populace.

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