Indonesia has blocked search engine website Yahoo, ents firm PayPal and several gaming websites due to failure to comply with licensing rules, an official said on Saturday (Jul 30), sparking a backlash on social media.
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” within four hours if urgent and 24 hours if not.
Several tech companies had rushed to register in days leading up to the deadline, which had been extended until Friday, including Meta Platforms’ Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as Amazon.
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at Indonesia’s Communications Ministry, said in a text message that websites that have been blocked include Yahoo, PayPal, and gaming sites like Steam, Dota2, Counterstrike, and Epic Games, among others.
PayPal, Yahoo’s parent private equity firm Apollo Global Management and US game developer Valve Corporation, which runs Steam, Dota, and Counterstrike, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Epic Games could not be reached for comment.