Saturday, October 19, 2019

Why is Social Media Access Restricted in Indonesia?

Spectr News Theme Isny Dewi R.
24, May 2019

As is known, the government limits public access to several features of WhatsApp and social media such as Instagram and Facebook, since Wednesday (22/5/2019). This step was taken to avoid provocation and the spread of hoax in the midst of the 22 May action, so as not to aggravate the situation.

Then, when will the government revoke access and feature restrictions on Instagram Cs? Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara has not giving information about when the government will revoke the restriction. He only said social media features and instant messaging app will return to normal if the situation is conducive. Until this article was published, Instagram and Facebook are still having problems.

Complaints about the error of social media have indeed occurred since Wednesday afternoon. Many WhatsApp users complained about the difficulty of sending and receiving images. Even with Instagram it's still difficult to access to this day. This happened in several regions in Indonesia. Jakarta become the worst city to experience the disturbance. Later, it was discovered that some social media features such as uploading and downloading photos and videos were deliberately limited by the government. This was related to the demonstration on 22 May regarding the election result.

Isny Dewi R.
Isny Dewi R.