Indonesia Tells BlackBerry to Block Porn

Sep 1, 2010 9:00 AM PST
JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Indonesian government is threatening to stop BlackBerry service if service provider Research In Motion (RIM) refuses to block porn.

Reports today said that a directive was issued by Indonesian Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring “requesting” that Canadian-based RIM comply.

"If they are still not responding to our request, we have to close it down," Sembiring said.

This latest salvo by the Indonesian government is in line with its anti-porn law enacted in 2008. Because RIM uses its own servers to handle requests from BlackBerry devices it seems it has been exempt from the law until now.

"RIM may violate our law if it remains providing porn content in its service (in Indonesia)," Sembiring said.

Last month the Indonesian government had asked RIM to set up servers to help detect crime, bring in non-tax revenue and reduce service charges for customers. The servers would also help the government block porn.

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