Minister threatens to shut X down

THE country is prepared to shut social media platform X down if it does not comply with a regulation barring adult content, the country’s communications minister said.

Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, has strict rules that ban the sharing online of content deemed obscene.

Minister Budi Arie Setiadi said he had sent a warning letter to X related to this matter.

“We will certainly shut its services down,” he said, pointing to Indonesia’s electronic information and transaction (ITE) law that can carry a six-year jail sentence if someone spreads pornographic content.

His comments in an interview came after the social media platform recently updated its policies to permit consensually produced adult content.

X, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has not responded to Indonesia’s warning letter, Budi said, adding that the government would send more letters before deciding on a potential closure.

X, formerly known as Twitter, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Indonesians are big users of social media and X has 24.85 million users in the country, according to data gathering business Statista. — Reuters

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