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BlackBerry porn filter working

2011-01-20 16:33

Jakarta - BlackBerry started blocking access to pornographic content on smartphones in the world's most populous Muslim nation on Thursday after the government threatened to revoke its operating license.

Playboy was among several websites that could not be accessed.

"Thank God," Tifatul Sembiring, a conservative Muslim minister who has spearheaded filtering demands, wrote on his Twitter site. "Pornography has started to be blocked."

"Please go ahead doing business, as long as laws are abided with."

Last week, Indonesia threatened to revoke BlackBerry's license to operate in the nation of 237 million unless it filtered out porn, jeopardising a growing market that is already bringing the company more than $250m per year.

The phone's maker, Canadian-based Research in Motion Ltd, responded to the threat by saying it was "fully committed to working with Indonesia's carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution".

It agreed to remove all pornographic content by Friday.

When users tried to access www.playboy.com on Thursday they got a message that said "this site cannot be accessed through this network because it contains pornographic material".

Comments
  • bjarkp - 2011-01-20 16:58

    Please bring the same laws to SA. The youth are being destroyed by the BS. I admire such leadership.

      Brad - 2011-01-20 18:16

      Why must I suffer if some parent is going to give their kid a BB. It should come with filters that the parent can manage like DSTV. If I want to surf porn on my phone, its my problem not yours. Parents should learn to manage their kids!

      Jon Doe - 2011-01-20 19:15

      the youth are destroyed by drugs and bad education, not porn you idiot

      unskinnybob - 2011-01-21 12:56

      Tard. Move to China, where ABSOLUTE leadership can decide everything you do. Let people with the mental capacity to decide for themselves do so. If you're a parent, it's your beef to know what your kid gets up to - including whats going on with their mobile phone.

      joe.delange - 2011-01-21 13:48

      Yes, let's ban everything you don't agree with, genius. Would that we had leadership bold enough to decide what we can and cannot see. Oh wait. Media Tribunal? I guess we do!

      stewart.ridgway - 2011-01-21 14:19

      I agree that kids probably shouldn't have free, unchecked access to porn... but blocking porn entirely is a a lot like killing a fly with a nuclear missile. Why not just put parental controls into the phone that allow the parents to decide what is appropriate and what is not? Oh yes, because it requires a small amount effort - when just blocking everything takes no effort at all. Lazy! It's the same reason that banning knives and banning guns won't stop murders from taking place. People, especially kids, need to be educated by mature adults (hopefully their parents) about the value of human life, sex, their health, their future, etc. But it's the same old sad story again... parents will rather blame things like rock music, porn and video games than their bad parenting. I have throughout my youth and even till this day partaken in all these so-called "evil" things and have still to kill anybody, ruin my life or cause anybody any harm. Why? Cause of parents who would take some time to listen, discuss and educate - not dictate.

  • Soothsayer - 2011-01-20 17:57

    In South Africa,let them block toilet website as well

      Big Mouth - 2011-03-19 12:17

      vodacom has already.

  • nexus357 - 2011-01-20 18:15

    Let's block access to the opposition parties websites and to twitter aswell, and why not block access to "unauthorised" news websites while we're at it.

  • Altus - 2011-01-20 19:34

    Anc's website must be blocked.

  • HowardX - 2011-01-20 20:33

    To those that think this is a great idea, you will regret this when one day you find that you can't access BBC news because it's "imperialistic" or Amazon because they sell adult fiction, or M&G because Zapiro's cartoon's are disrespectful, or Facebook because it contains an anti-Malema group, etc, etc, etc ... because that's EXACTLY what you're asking for. And anyway, who decides on what is porn and what isn't? What may be acceptable to me may be obscene to you and vice versa, which is why these sort of things require PERSONAL FREEDOM of choice. It should be up to parents to decide what is appropriate for their children, and for that matter for themselves, and not some government committee.

      Semjaja - 2011-01-21 08:12

      agree 100%. http://letterdash.com/semjaja/no-more-porn-or-the-demise-of-freedom-of-speech-in-south-africa

      Nathan - 2011-01-21 12:33

      agreed Howard. We need to move planet, this one is turning into a police state world with thought crimes.

  • Mark - 2011-01-20 22:22

    @Brad - Great comment dude.....let us as parents control what goes on the phone.......If I do not want porn - I block it.....If I do not want porn on my kids phones - I block it......

  • SumDumBum - 2011-01-21 07:46

    If I can't watch porn on my phone, I'll have to start jacking off at home! Who's got the time for that?!?!

  • Nathan - 2011-01-21 12:30

    so now people want to dictate what other people do on their phones? wtf

  • Charles N - 2011-03-19 12:25

    My views re Brad's comments "Parents should learn to manage their kids!" I agree 100%. The youth are destroyed by their parents, or lack thereof. If it's genetics, it's the parents(in most cases)! If it's environment, it's the parents! Parenting is not easy, no-one is perfect, but it's still the parents responsibility to mould their children into the people they become. We should have a National Parent Development Agency, never mind a National Youth Development Agency! Give resources and education to those that raise the future generation of this nation. I'm guessing they would be more responsible than a kid in a toy store with a wad of cash.

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