Indonesia bans video sharing site for nudity

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 6:44 am •  Published: May 13, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia banned the popular video sharing site Vimeo, saying it contains nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material.

Information and Communication Minister Tiffatul Sembiring said in a statement Monday that he made the decision after receiving complaints from the public. He said the site content was against Indonesia's anti-pornography law.

He said that his ministry's found nearly 15,000 videos tagged with words related to nudity and ordered all Indonesia-based Internet service providers to block the New York-based site.

The controversial law, passed in 2008, says pornography includes displays of nudity or nudity-like features, and that all sites in Indonesia are banned from running such materials.

"We hope Vimeo would respond well to our request for stricter content filters for its video materials in Indonesia," Sembiring said, adding that he has sent a letter to the Vimeo management to exclude explicit content. YouTube has previously agreed to block videos containing such content in Indonesia.

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