If this really continues, say goodbye to almost all forms of online productivity and entertainment, as Indonesia threatens to ban some of the world’s largest internet companies.
The Ministry of Information and Communications has set a deadline of July 20 – two days from today – for domestic and international internet services to officially register as an Electronic Systems Provider (PSE) with the ministry. Failure to comply will result in an operational ban in the country from July 21.
between the ministry mentioned The no-PSE list is Google and its suite of services, including YouTube, as well as Meta Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Other big names include Netflix, PUBG Mobile, and Mobile Legends.
The two recent mobile games said they are working on their own PSE registration, but there is no word yet on any intent to comply with Meta and Google.
Those who have registered as PSEs include local apps Gojek, Tokopedia, and Traveloka, as well as international apps like Spotify and Linktree.
The ministry’s threat of a ban is certainly nothing new, with companies missing previous deadlines without any noticeable consequences.
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. But the threat has proven a hoax so far, as domestic and international tech companies that missed the registration deadline, despite several extensions, didn’t even get a slap on the wrist.
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.