Indonesia blocks Yahoo, Paypal and other gambling sites after failing to sign up to new licensing rules

Indonesia blocked a web search engine on Sunday yahoo and fintech company PayPal Credits PYPL as well as several gaming sites after failing to comply with its licensing rules, Reuters reported.

What happened: At the end of 2020, the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information introduced new rules under which companies were required to register to ensure that Internet service providers protect consumer data and online content is used in a “positive and productive” way.

The law also gives authorities sweeping powers to coerce giants like Meta Platforms Inc META, Alphabet is GOOGL GOOG Google, Twitter Inc. TWTRand others to disclose certain user data and remove content deemed illegal or “disturbing public order” within four hours in an emergency; otherwise, within 24 hours.

The deadline to sign up with the authorities was July 20 at midnight, after which the government imposed a blanket ban on services from companies that did not sign up.

Semuel Abrijani Pangerapana senior official from the Indonesian Ministry of Communications, told the publication that websites that have been blocked for violating the rules include Yahoo, PayPal and gaming sites like Steam, Dota2, Counter-Strike and EpicGamesamong others.

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However, following an internet backlash, Indonesia has temporarily opened up access to PayPal to allow users to access their money. Temporary access will be open for five working days only. “I hope this gives enough time for users to migrate, get their money and find other services,” a ministry official said, adding that there had been no communication from PayPal yet.

The ministry said the ban would be overturned if the company subscribed to the country’s licensing rules.

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