Saturday, 19 January 2019

Govt to Block Google if LGBT Apps Not Taken Down

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Communication and Informatics Ministry ordered tech-giant Google to remove 75 mobile applications from Google Play Store. The apps are suspected to contain negative contents in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups.

    The acting head of the Ministry’s public relations, Noor Izza said that other than ordering Google to shut down the applications, they have also blocked 15 DNS from 15 LGBT applications on the Google Play Store.

    Facebook was also instructed to block a group in the social media giant that the government deemed unethical.

    “We have told Google to close down the applications. If not, we will block Google,” he said on Wednesday, January 17.

    According to Noor, the government has blocked 3 DNS from 3 LGBT-themed applications since September 28, 2016. Meanwhile, in October of 2017, the government blocked 5 DNS from the app named Blued.

    “We urge the public to avoid utilizing any applications that do not comply with the Indonesian social norms and culture,” said Noor.

    The Communication and Informatics Ministry explained that there were 169 LGBT websites that were reported by the public. There are also 72,407 contents that support immoral activities, which have all been blocked by the Indonesian government.