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Indonesia’s regulator brings axe down on Netflix for ‘porn’ and ‘extremely violent’ film

By Dhahabu Writer

Regulator’s scissors in Indonesia has come down on the US-based streaming service, Netflix after the country’s largest telco, PT Telkom Indonesia, Wednesday morning blocked content access on all of its Internet platforms.
Earlier this month Netflix officially launched in over 130 countries, including Kenya, where regulators conflicted on whether the virtual private network (VPN)-based platform should be regulated or not.

Netflix was basically launched in every other country around the world except China. This was during the international consumer electronics show (CES) in Vegas, US.

International media reported that the Indonesian Telkom’s director of consumers, Dian Rachmawan, said the ban was put in place due to

“Netflix not following the country’s broadcast laws and for having violent and “pornographic” content”, though it do not lay on the table which of these film content was found inappropriate.

Tech in Asia (international media) said that the American company was earlier this week given a one month ultimatum by the Indonesian government to comply with broadcaster regulations.

It reported that Netflix is required to set up shop in Indonesia, pay taxes and the hire local staff.
Another international media, Daily Social, reported that Mr Rachmawan said, however, that he did not want to ban Netflix completely from the country, but rather wants to ensure they follow local regulations.

“This blocking action will not have an impact to our customers,” he said.

“They (Netflix) are still small here. While they are still small, we will teach them to follow the rules here.”

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive, still maintains that it is truly possible to regulate Kenya’s cyber space.

He said, however, that discussions are underway to instead tap opportunities from over-the-top (OTC) business services like Netflix, to create  employment.

“We are thinking of how to benefit from such OTCs and make them come through our local production to not only promote our loxal content but also create employment,” said Mr Mutua.


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