TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia plans to fine social media platforms if they allow illegal content to show up on the feeds on Indonesian users. Facebook ad Twitter may have to pay up to Rp500 million in sanction fees.
The Communication and Information Ministry is drawing up derivative rules of Government Regulation (PP) No. 71 on Electronic Systems and Transactions, known as the ITE Law.
"The could be fined between Rp100 million and Rp500 million," the ministry's information technology director general Semuel A. Pangarepan said in a discussion on said law in Jakarta, Monday, November 4.
Based on PP no 71, electronic platforms such as Facebook and Twitter must be more active in blocking contents that Indonesia considers illegal. Negative contents, such as pornography and gambling, could lead to platforms being fined by the government.
According to the ITE Law, other contents that are forbidden are those related to immoral acts, false news, and discrimination against races, ethnic groups, and religious groups.
"The platforms will be fined for facilitating [the spread of negative contents], because they actually have the technology to prevent it," Semuel said.
The ministry is targeting this rule to take effect a year after PP 71 was promulgated, which would be in 2020.