Steam, Epic, PayPal And Battlenet Have Been Banned In Indonesia

Steam, PayPal, Battlenet, the Epic Games Store, and more have been banned in Indonesia. This comes as various websites have reportedly failed to comply with new licencing regulations in the country, which would require the sites to hand over large amounts of user data to the Indonesian authorities if requested.

As confirmed the Reuters, the websites included in the ban included Yahoo and PayPal, as well as gaming platforms and games such as Epic, Steam, CS:GO, and Dota 2. None of these companies have put out a statement, and it is not known if they plan to comply with the Indonesian regulations.

Indonesian gamers have taken to Twitter to complain about the move, and have shared a resource that keeps track of websites that have been banned in the region. According to the website, Wikipedia, Twitch, Patreon and many, many more may also face bans, as they are apparently yet to register with the authorities.

Many across social media are already sharing ways to circumvent the new ban, enabling users to have access to their accounts once more. There doesn't appear to be any information on how long the bans will last, or if Indonesian regulators have been in contact with these companies that are yet to comply.

The new regulations came into place November 2020, and give the Indonesian government much more power over tech giants and social media terms of service. Authorities will be able to compel companies to hand over user data when requested, and order them to remove content that "disturbs public order" within four to 24 hours. Several other big platforms will evade the ban, having registered with regulators just before the deadline. These companions include Amazon, Meta, and Google.

It remains to be seen if those affected by the ban intend to comply with the new regulations.

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