Due to a failure in the regulatory deadline, Indonesia has shut down Steam, Paypal, and other services

Due to a failure in the regulatory deadline, Indonesia has shut down Steam, Paypal, and other servic ...

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Indonesia has blacklisted PayPal, Yahoo, and well-known gaming websites such as Epic Games and Steam due to their inability to follow the most recent licensing requirements.

Every local and international company that offers internet services in the country must register by November 2020. Authorities have the authority to demand platforms remove any content that the government considers illegal or disturbs public order within a maximum of 24 hours.

Authorities have imposed deadlines on businesses to register under the new license requirements by Wednesday or face losing their platforms. Although more than 5,900 local businesses and about 100 foreign businesses had registered by Monday, some, such as Meta and Google, delayed until Friday to do so.

According to Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official in Indonesia's communications ministry, several websites have already been removed due to failure to register. Yahoo, PayPal, Steam, Epic Games, and others are among them.

The decision has sparked considerable controversy among a wide spectrum of users on social media, with hashtags like Block Communication Ministry (which translates to Block Communication Ministry) trending on Indonesian Twitter and people lamenting how the government has harmed the nations gaming industry and independent contractors that depend on PayPal.

PayPal or Valve did not reply to a request for clarification from Engadget immediately. According to Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information, the government may temporarily relax PayPal's restrictions to allow customers to withdraw money.

Drama Kominfo (ministry of communication and informatic in indonesian) Steam & Paypal Block. Protest Netizen & Gamers Indonesia. pic.twitter.com/uatthdlNA9

Human Rights Watch and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have criticized Indonesia's new content control guidelines, which they claim to be excessive. MR5 is a censorship tactic that places unrealistic demands on the many digital services and platforms that are used in Indonesia.

Many Indonesians have also used hashtags like BlokirKominfo to criticize the government's actions on Saturday, claiming that the bill would protect the country's internet users.

"We support 4.0 Industry," says the Ministry of Communication and Information (It includes the creative sector)

*block steam, paypal, linkedin, etc*

Sometimes I just don't understand our policies, yea https://t.co/gt2DCfGKW

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