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Indonesia blocks Yahoo, PayPal, and others citing licence issues

Due to their inability to adhere to licence requirements, Indonesia has blocked the search engine Yahoo, the payments company Paypal, and other gaming websites, an official claimed on Saturday, setting up a social media outcry.

Regulations that went into effect in late November 2020 mandated registration and gave authorities extensive authority to request platforms to hand over user data and remove information deemed illegal or that “disturbs public order” within four hours if necessary and 24 hours if not.

The deadline, which had been postponed to Friday, prompted a rush of registrations from tech companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Meta’s Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.