JAKARTA, July 21 (Reuters) - Indonesia said on Thursday
Alphabet Inc's Google has signed up to its new
licensing rules for technology platforms, but warned that
companies that had yet to register would be blocked in five
Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan of the communications ministry
told a news conference that Amazon and Alibaba were among the
companies that had yet to comply.
Representatives for Amazon and Alibaba were not immediately
available for comment.
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" within
four hours if urgent, and 24 hours if not.
The government had set a Wednesday deadline for companies to
sign up and most had done so earlier this week.
The new rules are intended to ensure a positive online
environment, the government has said, but activists and civil
society groups say the regulations are among the most repressive
in the region and pose a threat to freedom of expression.
Google was among the last tech giants to agree to the rules,
with Twitter and Zoom Video Communication added
to a communications ministry list of foreign providers on
Wednesday, joining Meta Platforms Inc's units Facebook,
Instagram, and WhatsApp, which registered a day earlier.
With an estimated 191 million internet users and a young,
social-media savvy population, the Southeast Asian nation is a
significant market for a host of tech platforms.
(Reporting by Yuddy Cahya Budiman and Stanley Widianto; Writing
by Kate Lamb; Editing by Ed Davies and Kanupriya Kapoor)