As previously reported by Reuters, the Indonesian government has restricted access to a number of online services, including Steam, Epic Games, PayPal, and Yahoo after those businesses disobeyed a new requirement relating to the nation’s rigorous content moderation laws.
According to the regulations, businesses classified as “Private Electronic System Providers” must register with the government’s database in order to conduct business there; otherwise, they risk a complete prohibition.
Companies were given until July 27 to comply; those that didn’t have their products banned since then.
The requirement is a part of MR5, a general law that was first established in 2020.
According to Reuters, the laws enable the Indonesian government to get information about particular users and compel corporations to remove content that “disturbs public order” or is deemed illegal.
Platforms have 24 hours or four hours, whichever comes first, to respond to “urgent” removal requests.
According to a 2021 study from the digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Indonesia’s rules are “intrusive of human rights” because they subject platforms to the whims of the Indonesian government, which has the power to outlaw them if they don’t adhere to local laws.
The EFF urged the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) in a letter earlier this month to revoke its “invasive content moderation guidelines.”
Due to the prohibition, players in Indonesia are unable to process payments or even play specific games.
Other well-known games and services impacted by the ban include Origin, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike, according to Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners.
During this time, last week’s license registrations from Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, TikTok, Twitter, Netflix, and Spotify all still have availability.
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, general director of Kominfo, reportedly told Reuters that during the ban, the nation would let users access PayPal for a brief period of time. Pangerapan added that the prohibition would be lifted as soon as the businesses registered with the national database.
It is unknown when these services will resume operation or whether they will sign up with the Indonesian database. The Verge requested comments from PayPal, Epic Games, and Valve, but none of them responded right away.