Indonesia blocks more online gambling content

Indonesia blocks more online gambling content

Indonesia has blocked 425,000 pieces of content.

Indonesia.- Budie Arie, Indonesia’s communication and informatics minister, has reported that as of last Wednesday (October 18), authorities have blocked 425,506 pieces of online gambling content. During a press conference, Arie said 237,096 originated from internet protocol (IP) addresses, 17,235 from file-sharing platforms and 171,175 from social media.

It’s not exactly clear what is meant by online gambling contact. It’s possibly a combination of websites and adverts. The government says it has adopted a collaborative approach with internet service providers to block access to such materials. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has been working with social media platforms including Google, Meta and TikTok to eliminate online gambling-related advertisements,

The Financial Services Authority (OJK) blocked 2,760 accounts from July 17, 2023, to October 16, 2023, and the ministry has urged the Bank of Indonesia (BI) to intensify controls. Online gambling in Indonesia is estimated to have an annual transaction value ranging from Rp160tn to Rp350tn (US$10bn to US$22bn). 

Arie called upon stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies and the general public, to join the fight against online gambling, emphasising the role of communities in raising awareness.

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