Facebook, Twitter and Google escape Indonesia ban by complying with imposed registration at last minute
- The Indonesian government imposed mandatory registration for both local and foreign tech companies for new licensing regulations that would allow authorities to remove content from their online platforms.
- A company’s failure to secure a license by Wednesday would result in their operations in the country being deemed illegal.
- Spotify, Netflix and TikTok were among the list of 5,900 domestic companies and 108 foreign companies that signed up as of Monday.
- Meta platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp completed their registration with the country's Ministry of Communications and Informatics on Tuesday.
- Meanwhile, Twitter and Alphabet Inc.’s Googlewere among the latest companies to be included in the communications ministry’s list of compliant foreign providers.
- The Indonesian government reportedly imposed the new rules ahead of the upcoming general election in 2024 in a bid to reduce the spread of misinformation and fake news.
Facebook, Twitter and Google have registered for Indonesia’s new licensing rules that empower local authorities to remove undesirable content shared on these platforms, as companies that failed to comply risked being blocked.
Meta platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp completed their registration with the country’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics on Tuesday, beating the deadline imposed by the Indonesian government by a day.
Officials in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China started their crackdown on stray dogs and videos showing the officers’ harsh treatment are circulating on social media.
In the new pet regulation, pet owners can only walk their dogs before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. They must also clean up after their pet and stay out of heavily public places such as parks and markets. Dogs must be on their leash at all times during walks.