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Indonesia bans access to Steam, Epic Games, PayPal, and more

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Indonesia bans access to Steam, Epic Games, PayPal, and more

The Indonesian government has blocked access to a range of online services, including Steam, Epic Games, PayPal and Yahoo, after the companies failed to comply with new requirements related to the country’s restrictive content moderation law, Reuters reported earlier.

Under the rules, companies considered “private electronic systems providers” must register in a government database to operate in the country or face a nationwide ban. Indonesia requires companies to comply by July 27 and bans those that do not.

The requirement is part of an overarching law known as MR5

The requirement is part of an overarching law called MR5, which was first introduced in 2020. As Reuters noted, the law gives the Indonesian government the ability to obtain data on certain users and forces companies to remove “disturbing content.” public order” or deemed illegal. The platform has four hours to act on an “urgent” takedown request, or 24 hours to act on any other content.

A 2021 report by digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said Indonesian laws “violate human rights” because they put platforms at the mercy of the Indonesian government, which would ban them if local laws were not followed. Earlier this month, the EFF wrote to Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information (Kominfo) urging the government to repeal its “intrusive content moderation rules”.

The ban has made it impossible for users in Indonesia to process payments and even play certain games. As noted by Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad, some other popular games and services affected by the ban include Origin, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike. Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, TikTok, Twitter, Netflix and Spotify registered licenses last week and are still available.

According to Reuters, Kominfo general manager Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan said the country may allow users to access PayPal for a short period during the ban. Pangerapan also noted that the ban will be lifted once the company is registered in the country’s database. It is unclear when the services will come back online, or if they will be registered with the Indonesian database. PayPal, Epic Games and Valve did not immediately respond to The Verge’s requests for comment.

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