Indonesia has prohibited over 70,000 sites showing “negative” material such as extremist ideology or pornography in the initial month of employing a new system to assist wash out the Internet of destructive content, claimed the minister of communications to the media in an interview.
The most crowded Muslim-majority nation of the world has increased up attempts to regulate online material after an increment in hate speech and hoax stories, and in the middle of contentious anti-pornography rules pushed by Islamic communities. The supposed “crawling system” designed by a team of state-operated Telkom (Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk) was rolled out in January, employing 44 servers to issue alerts when unsuitable content is discovered and search Internet content.
“We just placed some sort of key words there, and almost all are pornographic,” claimed Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information who employs one name, to the media in an interview. “Because post 2017 we have prohibited up to 800,000 websites and over 90% of these fell into the section of pornography,” claimed the minister. As per ministry information, the system, set up at a price tag of almost $15 Million, assisted ban 72,407 websites of pornography in January.
The ministry also takes actions to get material eliminated from social media websites if there are grievances from the users. Indonesia last year threatened to ban WhatsApp Messenger from Facebook Inc, which is extensively employed in the nation, unless obscene GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) pictures offered by third parties were eliminated. Authorities also banned authorization to some channels on Telegram (the instant messaging service) in 2017, claiming it had various forums that were full of terrorist and radical propaganda.
Google, which is controlled by Alphabet Inc, eliminated 73 LGBT-associated applications last month from its Play Store, comprising the biggest gay dating app in the world, Blued, on a request by the Government of Indonesia, an official of the communications ministry claimed to the media.