Indonesia has threatened to ban all online services and sites, including WhatsApp, Facebook, and Google if it fails to register with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the country.
The ministry will announce that these digital giants are illegal sites if they fail to complete the registration process on Wednesday under their new licensing rules.
Semuel Abrijani, the Director General of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Applications in the ministry said the country has repeatedly warned all domestic and foreign technology companies, including websites, and online application providers, to register to avoid being banned.
“We have given them enough time for the past six months,” he added.
The registration procedure has been started under the new regulations in force since January 2022, the procedure needs all the platforms to obtain a license to be able to work in Indonesia, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The regulations also allow the platforms to remove all the illegal and inappropriate contents, which could cause a disturbance in public order, within 24 hours or in 4 hours in cases deemed urgent.
Indonesia’s government attempts to limit the spreading of misinformation, especially with the approaching of 2024 general election.