JAKARTADAILY.ID - Although some of the services that the Indonesian government blocked have begun to recover, the outrage among local netizens over the Ministry of Communication was so fierce, causing several hashtags mocking the ministry to trend on Twitter.
According to JakartaDaily.id's observation, as of 13.57 WIB (Western Indonesia Time), hashtags mocking the Ministry, locally known as Kominfo, made into trending topics on Twitter. They are #BlokirKominfo (Block Kominfo) registering about 45.1K Tweets and #BlokirGakPakeMikir (Blocking Without Thinking), which registered 5,344 Tweets.
Netizens attacked the government that the blockades have hurt the gaming industry and created difficulties for content creators to receive their money, as many of them use PayPal, an internationally widely-accepted payment platform.
The fierce protests among local netizens sparked the Ministry of Communication to back its restrictions on PayPal for a few days. Kominfo temporarily opened access to the online payment firm PayPal to allow users to access their money.
The blockade was not without warnings. In mid-July, the Ministry of Communication made news headlines in the local and international media outlets after it threatened to block Electronic System Operators (locally abbreviated as PSE) to register under new licensing rules.
According to The Director General of Informatics Applications at the Kominfo Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, PSE registration is a mandate of laws and regulations, namely Article 6 of Government Regulation Number 71 of 2019 concerning the implementation of Electronic Systems and Transactions, Article 47 of Regulation of the Minister of Kominfo Number 5 of 2020 concerning the Implementation of Electronic Systems Scope Private, and its amendments set the end of the mandatory private scope registration deadline on July 21, 2022.
Among the affected platforms, according to Kominfo, include giant platforms like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Amazon, Instagram, and Twitter.
In short, online businesses need to register as Private Scope Electronic System Operators, a designation that certifies they have complied with local security and privacy requirements. The Ministerial Regulation No. 5/ of 2020 which was released in late November 2020 gives the authorities broad powers to compel platforms and to disclose data of certain users as well as take down content deemed unlawful or that "disturbs public order".