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Indonesia lifts ban on PayPal and allows temporary access amidst backlash

Indonesia lifts ban on PayPal and allows temporary access amidst backlash

The Indonesian Government is opening access to PayPal for five working days

On Saturday, the Indonesian Communication Ministry blocked PayPal, Yahoo search engine website, and several gaming services due to failure to meet a deadline under licensing rules. Registration is required under rules released in late November 2020 and will give authorities broad powers to compel platforms to disclose data of certain users and take down content deemed unlawful or that "disturbs public order." Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, a senior official at Indonesia's Communications Ministry, told an online briefing on Sunday the government is opening access to PayPal for five working days.

Thousands of comments criticizing the government's blockade of unregistered digital services flooded an Instagram post by the Communication Ministry. Many messages said the government's move was hurting Indonesia's online gaming industry and freelance workers who use PayPal. Authorities would unblock the websites if they comply with registration rules, Semuel said, defending the measure as protection for Indonesian internet users and the digital ecosystem. Operators of other affected gaming services, including Steam, Dota, and Counter-Strike, have been in communication with the government, he added. PayPal and video gaming company Valve Corporation did not immediately respond to Reuters' emails seeking comment.

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