The Minister of Communication and Information issued a strict warning to Meta to block accounts that promote online gambling. Photo: Kominfo
JAKARTA – Minister of Communication and Information Budi Arie Setiadi gave a strong warning to Meta Management in Indonesia to immediately clean up online gambling or slot gambling content on the Meta platform.
Compared to other platforms, Instagram can be said to be the place with the most online gambling promotions. From SINDONews’ monitoring, there are lots of accounts that repost other people’s content while providing online gambling promos.
Of course, this is counterproductive to what the Indonesian government is doing, which is trying hard to block online gambling sites.
“I convey orders as well as a strong warning to Meta to immediately clean up all kinds of content that supports, facilitates, and/or promotes online gambling or slot gambling activities on all Meta platforms within 1 x 24 hours,” he said in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, Tuesday (10/10).
Previously, the Minister of Communication and Information had sent a letter with Number B703/M.KOM INFO/ Al.05.02/10/2023 regarding Orders for Handling Content and Activities of Online Gambling and/or slot gambling by PSE to Meta Representatives in Indonesia dated October 2 2023.
“However, we still find various kinds of online gambling and/or slot gambling content on the Meta platform,” he said. Minister Budi Arie said he would forward this handling to Law Enforcement Officials if it was not followed up optimally.
According to him, all forms of failure or negligence regarding non-fulfillment of obligations to handle online gambling and/or slot gambling will be subject to sanctions in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
“If Meta fails to follow up on this warning optimally, then we will forward this matter to APH to follow up firmly, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in the Indonesian jurisdiction,” he said.
The Minister of Communication and Information’s warning is contained in Letter number 752/M.KOMINFO/Al.05.02/10/2023 regarding Orders and Warnings for Handling Gambling Content and/or Slot Gambling by Meta.
According to the provisions of Law no. 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions as amended by Law no. 19 of 2016 along with implementing regulations, all Electronic System Operators (PSE) that provide services in Indonesia have an obligation to ensure the electronic systems they manage.
One of them is by not containing and not facilitating the distribution of prohibited electronic information and/or electronic documents, including content and activities of online gambling and/or gambling slots.