Indonesia threatens to block WhatsApp over sexual content

Indonesian authorities say they will block access to the well-liked WhatsApp instant messaging app if in which doesn’t remove sexually explicit content.

The Ministry of Communications along with also Information Technology said Tuesday on its website in which in which has already asked internet companies to block domain names used by Tenor, which provides animated image files known as GIFs through WhatsApp.

The government has sent three notices to WhatsApp, which can be owned by Facebook along with also widely used in Indonesia, asking in which to remove pornographic content along with also will block the app if there’s no response by Wednesday, ministry official Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan said at a news conference on Monday.

Indonesia blocked web versions of the messaging app Telegram in July because in which included chat groups for Islamic State group supporters. in which lifted the partial ban after Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov visited Indonesia in August along with also agreed on efforts to remove radical content.

Facebook’s Asia spokeswoman Charlene Chian said in which WhatsApp lets users search for GIFs using third-party providers along with also in which WhatsApp can’t monitor their content because communications on the app are encrypted.

“We’ve directed the Indonesia government to work with these third-party providers to review their content,” she said.

Indonesia, the earth’s most populous Muslim nation, has strict anti-pornography laws along with also authorities are increasingly seeking to censor online content they deem to be offensive or a threat to national unity.

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