Indonesia to summon messenger, search engine providers over content

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 06, 2017 11:45 PM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's communications ministry said on Tuesday it will summon representatives from messenger services and search engine providers including Alphabet Inc's Google to push them to clean up obscene content.

Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook Inc's WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed.

"We will call all providers, including Google to clean up their network," said Semuel Pangerapan, a director general at Indonesia's communication and informatics ministry.

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