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Indonesia unblocks Tumblr following its ban on adult content

Indonesia, the worlds fourth largest country by population, has unblocked Tumblr nine months after it blocked the social networking site over pornographic content.
Tumblr which, disclaimer, is owned by OathVerizon Media Group just like TechCrunch announced earlier this month that it would remove all adult content from its platform. That decision, which angered many in the adult entertainment industrywho valued the platform as an increasingly rare outlet that supported erotica, was a response to Apple removing Tumblrs app from the iOS Storeafter child pornography was found within the service.
This impact of this new policy has made its way to Indonesia where KrAsia reports that the service was unblocked earlier this week. The service had been blocked in March after falling foul of the countrys anti-pornography laws.
Tumblr sent an official statement regarding the commitment to clean the platform from pornographic content, Ferdinandus Setu, Acting Head of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics Bureau, is reported to have said in a press statement.
Messaging apps WhatsAppand Lineare among the other services that have been forced to comply with the governments ban on unsuitable content in order to keep their services open in the country. Telegram, meanwhile, removed suspected terrorist content last year after its service was partially blocked.
While perhaps not widely acknowledged in the West, Indonesia is a huge market with a population of over 260 million people. The worlds largest Muslim country, it is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and its growth is tipped to help tripled the regions digital economy to $240 billion by 2025.
In other words, Indonesia is a huge market for internet companies.
The countrys anti-porn laws have been used to block as many as 800,000 websites as of 2017 so potentially over a million by now but they have also been used to take aim at gay dating apps, some of which have been removed from the Google Play Store. As Vice notes, while homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, its no secret that the country has become a hostile place for the LGBTQ community.
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