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Indonesia bans Vimeo over porn

The New Paper | Friday, May 16, 2014

Indonesia has ordered a ban on popular video-sharing website Vimeo after accusing it of hosting pornographic content, sparking social media fury yesterday.

The communications ministry announced that the US-based site would be blocked following the discovery of Vimeo pages featuring naked and scantily-clad women.

"We have recently received reports from the public about websites carrying negative and pornographic content... One of them is the site Vimeo.com," said the ministry in a statement published on Monday.

The ministry said Vimeo had been added to a list of 119 other sites banned over content deemed pornographic. Vimeo said on its Twitter account that the site was "blocked for some Indonesian users, but it's on the Indonesian side and we can't unblock it".

Furious

Indonesian social media users reacted with fury to the news that the site, which hosts a huge variety of videos uploaded by its members, was being blocked, reported AFP.

Other web users appeared to still have access yesterday morning, but a ministry spokesman said that all Internet service providers would have to fall in line with the government order.

Indonesia introduced a tough anti-pornography law in 2008 that criminalises any work that could be deemed obscene.

This article was published on May 14 in The New Paper.

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