Indonesia restores access to PayPal, Yahoo and Valve services

Indonesia unblocked , owner of Steam and (parent company of Engadget), allowing them to resume operations. The country to access the services of several companies that missed the July 29 deadline to register in a government database. The Ministry of Communications reopened access to PayPal, Yahoo and Valve services after registration.

“PayPal is fully committed to complying with applicable laws and regulations in the markets in which we operate,” a PayPal spokesperson told Engadget. “We registered as an electronic systems operator in Indonesia, after contacting the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology directly. PayPal customers can send, receive and access their money as usual. We regret any disruption our customers may have experienced over the past weekend.”

The controversial licensing rules that Indonesia established in 2020 allow authorities to force registered platforms to hand over certain users’ data. There is also a content moderation aspect. Platforms are required to remove content that “disturbs public order” or is considered illegal. If the request to remove content is urgent, they only have four hours to comply. Otherwise, they have 24 hours to remove the offending content.

Even though the rules were introduced two years ago, some notable companies are said to have been quick to sign up on time and keep their services available. According , Meta, Amazon and Google signed up a few days before the deadline. However, it seems that Epic Games Store and EA’s Origin service get stuck.