Indonesia happy so far with BlackBerry porn filter

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

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 20:59 PM IST

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 USD 250 million 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
tomorrow.

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

PTI