RIM agrees to filter porn in Indonesia

Dylan Bushell-Embling
11 Jan 2011
00:00

RIM has agreed to develop a solution to filter porn in Indonesia, in a bid to stave off a ban on BlackBerry services in the large market.

 

But the government is also pressing RIM to enable Indonesian security officials to monitor BlackBerry services, a demand that could be harder to satisfy.

 

Indonesian officials want RIM to to block porn browsing on BlackBerry smartphones from within the nation, in order to comply with local anti-pornography laws.

 

RIM has revealed it will develop a system as quickly as possible, Dow Jonesreported, marking the first time the vendor will apply internet filtering to any country.

 

The government will meet with RIM and six mobile operators on January 17 to discuss the matter. It has warned it may ask RIM to shut down its browser service, in advance of a potential blanket ban, if RIM does not satisfy.

 

RIM, which has an estimated 1.5 million BlackBerry users in Indonesia, said in a statement to Reuters it was working with local carriers to develop a compliant filtering solution.

 

But in response to RIM's comments, Indonesian communications minister Tiffatul Sembiring said simply, “so do it.”

 

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