Indonesia clarifies its action on micro blogging platform Tumblr

Indonesia clarifies its action on micro blogging platform Tumblr

After the recent news about the blocking of the micro-blogging platform ‘Tumblr ‘in Indonesia,  the communications and Information Ministry today (Feb 18) has clarified its stance mentioning in a press release that “Tumblr does not entirely consist of pornographic content,” Hence, Azhar Hasyim, the ministry’s director-general for e-business said that “Tumblr’s main violation is the pornographic content,” and therefore “We have reached out to Tumblr to practice self-censorship and to take action so that existing content adheres to community values.”

The local media on Wednesday reported that the Communications and Information Ministry had blocked Tumblr in response to complaints from the public. Moreover, it was a joint decision following a review by its censorship panel, which stated that 476 other websites will also be blocked.

After the earlier decision of the Communications and Information Ministry in Indonesia to ban the platform completely the ministry said in a latest news release that “Tumblr does not entirely consist of pornographic content and it is not possible for internet service providers to individually block accounts on Tumblr that carry objectionable content.

Moreover, the panel on pornography, internet security and violence on children will hold follow-up meetings in order to evaluate the extent to which the results of the engagement with Tumblr can be executed.”

Earlier the content on Tumblr was termed as  “staggering” and “vulgar” He also added that the action to ban Tumblr and several other websites in Indonesia was also in response to complaints from the public regarding violating the country’s information and electronic law which prohibits sharing posts that contain vulgarity