RIM to block porn for BlackBerry users in Indonesia


10 Jan 2011

RIM (Research in Motion) will filter pornographic content through internet use on BlackBerry smartphones in Indonesia after the government threatened to shut down its browsing service.

The Communications and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring told RIM to block access to adult sites on their range of smartphones to comply with their anti-pornography law.

In a statement, RIM said it shares the minister’s “sense of urgency” in this matter and is “fully committed to working with Indonesia’s carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution for BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia as soon as possible.”

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The anti-pornography law was passed in 2008, which many saw as a sign of the growing influence of conservative Islam in government.

Last year, the Indonesian government told ISPs to block pornographic content for internet users in the country.

Indonesia is a popular market for RIM, which houses 2m BlackBerry users.