Telegram´s Blocking Shows Government´s Failure to Understand

Monday, 17 July 2017 , 14:00:00 WIB -

Telegram (doc. special)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The government has officially blocked Telegram, spurring pros and cons. Digital communication expert Anthony Leong said the move, which was initiated by the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, is a setback for the nation.

"Based on the move decision to block the application directly, they have misunderstood. This is a setback for our technology sector in this advanced era. If the government is against certain contents, they could have emailed directly to Telegram. Telegram’s chief executive officer (CEO) claims he has not received such official demand from Indonesia," said Anthony, in a press release sent to gres.news, Monday (17/7).

Anthony further argued that many people, including owners of small businesses, have been hurt fro the decision and if the government decides to close other social media applications, which in turn will hurt the national economy.

"How can we economically develop if social media applications are block? From the blocking of Telegram alone many micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are financially hurt. Many online traders are seeing their proceeds drop significantly. The government must pay attention to this," he said.

Anthony added that the Ministry of Communications and Informatics’ threat to block foreign social media application who refuse to open an office in Indonesia is irrelevant. "We are now living in an era where everything is digital. Social media companies are selling platforms. Uber, for instance. Is the company required to have a taxi fleet? Airbnb is not requied to have its own chain of hotels. It is a technical mater. The government can coordinate with their PICs," Anthony said.

The government has blocked Telegram since Friday (14/7), saying that the instant messaging application is compromising national security.

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