Indonesia restores access to PayPal, Yahoo and Valve services

Indonesia has unlocked , Steam owners and (Engadget’s parent company) allowing them to resume operations. The country will be blocked from accessing the services of several companies that missed the July 29 deadline to register with a government database. The Ministry of Communications Access to reopened PayPal, Yahoo and Valve services after logging in.

“PayPal is fully committed to complying with applicable laws and regulations in the markets in which we do business,” a PayPal spokesperson told Engadget. “We registered as an electronic systems operator in Indonesia and connected directly to the Ministry of Communications and Informatics. PayPal customers can send, receive and access their money as usual. We regret any disruption our customers may have experienced over the past weekend.”

Controversial licensing rules introduced by Indonesia in 2020 allow authorities to force registered platforms to share data of specific users. There is also an aspect of content moderation. Platforms are required to remove content that “disrupts public order” or is considered illegal. If the request to remove content is urgent, they only have four hours to comply with the request. Otherwise, they have 24 hours to remove the objectionable content.

Although the rules were introduced two years ago, some well-known companies are said to have made efforts to register in good time and keep their services available. Corresponding , Meta, Amazon and Google signed up just days before the deadline. However, it appears to be EA’s Epic Games Store and Origin service stay locked.

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