Steam and PayPal Banned in Indonesia

According to Reuters , after the last internet regulations on July 29, Indonesia;  It has banned access to many internet services, including PayPal , Epic Games ,  Steam and Yahoo . The government stated that the bans were due to the companies’ failure to comply with Indonesian regulations.

Internet bans continue to increase in countries across Asia in recent years. In the past days, mobile games have been banned in some parts of India. Under a law that Indonesia passed through parliament in 2021, the government has the power to forcibly shut down certain internet services it perceives as illegal or a threat to public order. Steam, Epic Games, Yahoo and PayPal were banned nationwide due to failure to fulfill the emergency terms and conditions set by the government within the specified 4 hours .

Steam and PayPal Banned in Indonesia

Amazon Made Documents at the Last Moment!

The rush to raise the emergency provisions of many internet services, including Amazon , by Friday, has greatly affected the Indonesian people after some internet services failed. According to the information received, Amazon submitted the documents to the government at the last moment and escaped from being banned. But PayPal was not as lucky as Epic Games and Steam Amazon.

Human rights organizations have issued statements of condemnation on the grounds that the Indonesian Government is practicing some form of censorship. Linda Lakhdir , Legal Adviser for Asia at Human Rights Watch , said: “Recent regulations are a tool of censorship that places unrealistic burdens on many digital services and platforms used in Indonesia. Recent bans pose serious risks to Indonesian internet users’ privacy, freedom of speech and access to information.” said.

Many Indonesians also posted on social media using the hashtag “BlokirKominfo” , which means information censorship, to express their opposition to the government’s actions  . Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Director General Abrijani Pangerapan denied the criticism and claimed that the bans were introduced to protect internet users in the country.