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Indonesia to Summon Messenger, Search Engine Providers Over Content

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Last Updated: November 07, 2017, 11:04 IST

Facebook Messenger Receives WhatsApp-Like Quote And Reply Feature (Image courtesy: AP, photo for representation)

Facebook Messenger Receives WhatsApp-Like Quote And Reply Feature (Image courtesy: AP, photo for representation)

Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed.

Indonesia's communications ministry said on Tuesday it will summon representatives from messenger services and search engine providers including Alphabet's Google to push them to clean up obscene content.

Indonesia on Monday vowed to block Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger within 48 hours if the service did not ensure that obscene Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images were removed. "We will call all providers, including Google to clean up their network," said Semuel Pangerapan, a director general at Indonesia's communication and informatics ministry.

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first published:November 07, 2017, 11:04 IST
last updated:November 07, 2017, 11:04 IST