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Indonesia blocks PayPal and Steam, putting artists in trouble

Indonesia it blocked the website from the search engine Yahoo!the paying company PayPal (PYPL.O) and various video game websites for non-compliance with licensing rules, an official said in a statement, sparking a backlash on social media.

Registration is mandatory under rules published at the end of November 2020 and will give authorities broad powers to compel platforms to disclose certain user data and remove content deemed illegal. or what”disturbing public order” within four hours if it is urgent and within 24 hours if not.

Several technology companies rushed to sign up in the days before the deadline, which was extended to July 29, including Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Facebook, Instagram Y WhatsApp of Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) Y Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O). Semuel Abrijani Pangerapana senior official with Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications, said in a text message that the blocked websites include Yahoo!, PayPal and game sites like Steam, dota2, Strike Hit Y epic gamesamong others.

Hashtags like “#BlokirKominfo” (Block on the Ministry of Communications), Epic games Y PayPal trended on Indonesian Twitter, and wrote many messages criticizing the government’s move for hurting Indonesia’s online gaming industry and volunteers using PayPal as a way to capture income.

Pangerapan said the government will find a solution for people to withdraw their deposits from PayPal, which could include reopening access to its website for a short period, he told Metro TV. Authorities will unblock websites if they meet registration standards, he said, defending the move as a protection for Indonesian netizens. With around 191 million internet users and a young, social media-savvy population, the Southeast Asian country is a big market for a number of technology platforms.

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