The Indonesian government has stopped online services like PayPal, Steam, Epic Games, and Yahoo

The Indonesian government has stopped online services like PayPal, Steam, Epic Games, and Yahoo after those firms disobeyed a new rule relating to stringent content control laws.

Along with a variety of gaming servers and programs like Epic, Steam, CS: GO, and Dota 2, Yahoo and PayPal were among the websites that were blocked. Since none of these companies has made a statement, it is unclear whether they intend to follow Indonesian legislation.

A program that identifies websites that have been blacklisted in the region has been created by Indonesian gamers who have voiced their discontent with the move on Twitter. The website asserts that Wikipedia, Twitch, Patreon, and a host of other websites could be banned since they allegedly have not yet registered with the authorities.

Numerous individuals on social media have already found ways to get over the new ban, giving them access to their accounts once more. The length of the prohibitions appears to be unknown, and it’s also unclear whether Indonesian regulators have contacted the companies who haven’t yet complied.

Thanks to new legislation that took effect in November 2020, the Indonesian government now has far more authority over the terms of service for IT companies and social media platforms. Authorities will have the right to request that businesses turn over user data upon request and delete information that “disturbs public order” within four to twenty-four hours. The prohibition will not apply to other big sites that registered with the authorities just before the deadline. These partners include Google, Amazon, and Meta, among others.

It is unknown whether those who are affected by the ban will adhere to the new guidelines.

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