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A playbook for increasing trust and safety, Indonesia's 'repressive' law and life after TikTok

The week in content moderation - edition #170
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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation

Indonesia has blocked eight companies from operating in the country after they failed to register with the government as part of its new MR5 online speech law.

The bans, which included PayPal and Steam, came after threats by the country's Ministry of Communication and Information and despite the fact that the deadline was extended several times. In total, 200 foreign and 8000 domestic ESPs registered, including Meta and Amazon right before the cutoff.

The wider context here is that, back in February, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said MR5 "may be the most repressive [internet regulation] yet" and just a month ago, a coalition of human rights organisations wrote to the Indonesian government urging for its repeal on account of being "inconsistent with internationally recognised human rights" (EiM #167). The worst part is that, as Dr Pauline Leong recently noted, other south-east Asian countries are following suit.

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