Jakarta, Feb 17: Indonesia will block 477 websites, including social network and microblog Tumblr, over alleged “pornographic contents”, a top official said on Wednesday. “I have signed off the letter and sent it to the internet service provider.Also Read - Indonesian Man Marries His Rice Cooker, Says 'It Doesn't Talk Much & Great at Cooking' | See Pics
These websites should be blocked in the next two or three days,” Xinhua quoted Azhar Hasyim, e-business director at the Communication and Information Ministry in Jakarta, as saying. (Also Read: China to tighten control over internet content) Also Read - Indonesia Prison Fire Kills 41 Drug Inmates, Injuring 39 | Details Inside
He said that these websites have violated the country’s information and electronic law which prohibits sharing posts that contain vulgarity. Azhar said that his office had not warned the owners of the websites in advance but would communicate later on. Also Read - Viral Video: Orangutan Stylishly Puts on Sunglasses After Tourist Drops Them in Zoo Enclosure, Internet is Amazed | Watch
“Once they have agreed to clean up their websites from pornographic content, then we will immediately reopen the access,” said Azhar. The Indonesian government has in the past banned access to websites with adult-rated and pro-terrorism content.