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Update: Indonesia lifts social media restriction after 3 days

Today on May 27th:  Indonesia lifted restrictions affecting image and video sharing on Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram on Saturday afternoon, reports Netblocks. The restrictions lasted a total of three days. Data during the restrictions showed that internet providers imposed a "sophisticated censorship filtering regime" in place countrywide. While photo and video uploads were blocked, API, backend, and basic features were intentionally left functional. Telkom, XL Axiata Tbk and Indosat are among ISPs that imposed selective filtering. While lifting the ban, the government urged people to maintain positivity, use the internet responsibly, fight against hoaxes and provocation. The day after the ban was lifted, that is on Sunday, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara in a statement called on Indonesians to uninstall VPN services from their devices, "to avoid the risk of monitoring, collection and piracy of their personal data". Report: 80,000 network measurements from across #Indonesia show how Twitter users have been selectively barred from uploading photos and videos since 22 May 2019 amid post-election unrest ??https://t.co/mjfA7hs7ej pic.twitter.com/hy3EGeVWFx — NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) May 25, 2019 Confirmed: #Indonesia has lifted Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Telegram restrictions which targeted image and video sharing features as of 7:00 a.m. UTC this morning; incident duration 3 days #KeepItOn ?https://t.co/mjfA7hs7ej pic.twitter.com/pSIza993B3 — NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) May 25, 2019 Earlier on May 23rd: Indonesia yesterday introduced curbs on social media to prevent the spread of hoaxes, reports Reuters. Riots erupted in the capital city Jakarta on Tuesday once President Joko Widodo was declared winner of last month's election:…

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