As a deadline loomed, Alphabet Inc., Google, and Twitter signed up to Indonesia's new licensing requirements as of midday Wednesday, according to ministry records, as they might lose their services temporarily suspended in the country. Under these provisions released in late 2020, authorities may require platforms to disclose data of certain users and remove material that is unlawful or disturbs public order within four hours if necessary and 24 hours if not.
Companies that do not submit to Wednesday's deadline will be reprimanded, fined, and then blocked, according to the communications ministry, whose decision will be reversed once they register. The ministry did not specify when the block would take effect; it is unlikely to happen immediately.
Google and Twitter were not on a list of foreign providers that had signed up to the new regulations as of Wednesday's midday.
Google and Twitter have not immediately responded to requests for comment.
According to ministry records, Meta Platforms units Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were registered on Tuesday. Other services like Spotify, Netflix, and ByteDances TikTok have also signed up.
The intention of the new regulations is to ensure that internet service providers protect consumer data and that internet content is used in a positive and productive manner, according to the government.
If requested by law enforcement or government agencies, it may also compel businesses to reveal specific users' communications and personal information.
Two people at large internet platforms have said that they are still concerned about the data and content implications of the regulation and the danger of government overreach.
Some provisions in the new rules, according to the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Indonesia, are very flexible and susceptible to abuse.
According to Twitter, news or content that discloses human rights violations or investigative reports might be considered unsettling by certain parties, or even by the government or law enforcement.
Thomson Reuters 2022