Netflix has been blocked by Indonesia’s biggest internet service provider, upsetting its move into the country. The state-owned telecoms firm said it had concerns about the content Netflix was offering and accused it of failing to have a necessary business permit. The US company announced earlier this month that it had added 130 countries, including Indonesia, to its service – taking it almost worldwide.
One expert said the setback had been “inevitable”. Telekom Indonesia said Netflix needed to work with it to ensure objectionable content was removed. “The issue is about the permit. They don’t follow the rules. They also display violence and adult content,” the firm’s consumer director Dian Rachmawan told the Jakarta Post newspaper.
The ban is not the first problem Netflix has faced since making its surprise announcement at the CES tech trade show. The Kenya Film Classification Board is considering a block of its own saying the platform posed a “threat to our moral values and national security” because it had not submitted it shows for local ratings. Vietnam’s government has also told the service it must obtain an official licence and have its content edited by local censors or it would be in breach of the law. The disputes will be closely watched in China, where Netflix is still seeking permission to launch. (BBC News, 2016)