Platforms Caught Distributing Pornography to Face Stiff Fines



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) on Monday announced that it will impose high fines for electronic system organizers that publish pornography on its platform. This stricter law will start to be imposed in October of 2020. 

    “Immediate fines will be imposed for pornographic contents. There will be no mercy since they have the capability to detect such contents,” said the Director-General of Informatics Application, Semuel Pangerapan at his office in Jakarta.

    Kominfo, based on the Government’s Decree No.71/2019 on Electronic System and Transaction Implementations will, is authorized to impose an Rp100 million fine for each pornographic content. The Ministry maintains that digital platforms - including social media - have systems to detect such content before it is published. 

    As of other contents classified as negative content such as hate speech, will undergo review before being imposed with sanctions.

    The severity of the sanctions depends on the content’s characteristics, the platform’s obedience towards government warnings, and the deadline given to handle negative content. 

    This government law on electronic systems or platforms distributing pornography is being dissected prior to next year when it will be fully imposed.