Blackberry begins blocking porn websites in Indonesia

Blackberry has been forced to start blocking pornographic websites in Indonesia or possibly see its lucrative trading license retracted. The Canadian company was given until this Friday to comply. Indonesian users who try to access sites such as www.penthouse.com will now be welcomed by a message stating: "The site you are trying to open is not accessible through this network."

"Praise to God, RIM has complied with Indonesia's laws and regulations," Indonesia Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said on Twitter, "Pornography has begun to be blocked. Please go ahead with doing business as long as laws are complied with." Sembiring, a conservative Muslim, is no stranger to a war on pornography. Recently, he has been actively campaigning for its total removal from the internet.

RIM has confirmed they are blocking certain types of websites and issued a statement saying "RIM is now in the process of implementing an Internet content filtering solution that addresses our carrier partners." According to research tech firm Gartner, the Indonesian market is one of RIM's largest with over two million units sold out of the estimated 12 million total.

The company does not filter content in any other market in the world and the recent news from Indonesia has started a surge of panic in the blogging cosmos over concerns about what other companies might do in the future.  

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Guys please understand that this is Indonesia we are talking about... Internationally recognised as one of the most extremist and corrupt countries in the world...

resol612 said,
Guys please understand that this is Indonesia we are talking about... Internationally recognised as one of the most extremist and corrupt countries in the world...

I'm Indonesians... and live here too...

Be careful of judging some country just because "the news" said it so...

Although I agree in time like now... our country is still in the "corrupt stage"... but i believe we are not in the top "most" and in a strive to clean those mess...

What I don't agree is that our country called extremist toward anything... most of the people here are nice and welcome toward divergent...

Please come and visit... if you have time... and see by yourself...

Cheers...

Campaigning for the total removal of porn from the Internet? Why not try a simpler issue like peace in the Middle East.

Sembiring, a conservative Muslim, is no stranger to a war on pornography. Recently, he has been actively campaigning for its total removal from the internet.

How is this guy in a high political office?

omnicoder said,

How is this guy in a high political office?

As a comms minister, no less. I await the day of total removal of porn from the internet..

"RIM has complied with Indonesia's laws and regulations"

Ok no big deal if they want to play in Indonesia then follow the laws right?