Indonesians can rest assured of being able to post a story and relax after Instagram, Netflix and Facebook are officially registered with the Ministry of Information and Communications before tomorrow’s deadline.
As previously reported, the ministry has set a July 20 deadline for domestic and international internet services to formally register as an Electronic Systems Provider (PSE). Failure to comply will result in an operational ban in the country from July 21.
Among the biggest policy concerns are the bans on some of the world’s most popular internet services, such as Google and Meta products. It seems that the last company is working on setting the deadline, after Facebook and Instagram registered with the ministry today, As it appears in the PSE database.
However, Meta WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platform in Indonesia, is not included in the database as of the publication of this article.
Others making the list today include relatively obscure apps like Mico, as well as huge platforms like Netflix and Discord.
Google and its suite of services are still notably absent.
It remains to be seen if the department will actually ban those who miss the July 20 deadline, but something could be so threatening this time around that many are finally jumping on the PSE train.
The ministry issued a regulation requiring digital services to be registered as a PSE, for cybersecurity and user protection purposes, on November 24, 2020 or face a ban in Indonesia. However, although domestic and international tech companies missed previous registration deadlines, including many extensions, they were allowed to operate in Indonesia.
The ministry has been known to block apps and platforms for legal and/or ethical reasons in recent years. These apps include gay dating app Blued, which was banned for its “immoral” LGBT content, TikTok for its “general negative content,” and Telegram for facilitating the spread of extremist content, although the latter two have since been lifted.