Indonesia blocked the web search engine on Sunday Yahoo and financial technology companies PayPal Stocks PYPL along with several gambling sites after failing to comply with their licensing rules, Reuters reported.
What happened: Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information, launched in late 2020 New rules Businesses had to register to ensure internet service providers protect consumer data and that online content is used in “positive and productive” ways.
The law also gives authorities sweeping powers to ban giants such as Metaplatforms Inc META, alphabet inc‘s Google WELL Google, Twitter Inc TWTRand others, to disclose data of specific users and to remove content that is considered illegal or that “disrupts public order” within four hours if it is urgent – otherwise within 24 hours.
The deadline for registering with the authorities was midnight on July 20, after which the government imposed a blanket ban on the services of companies that did not register.
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapana senior official at Indonesia’s Communications Ministry told the publication that websites banned for failing to comply with the rules include Yahoo, PayPal and gambling sites like Steam, Dota2, Counter Strike and EpicGamesamong other.
However, following an internet backlash, Indonesia temporarily opened access to PayPal to allow users to access their funds. Temporary access is only open for five business days. “Hopefully that’s enough time for users to migrate, get their money and find other services,” said a ministry official saidand added that there had been no communication from PayPal yet.
The ministry said the ban would be reversed if the company signed the country’s licensing rules.