Netflix faces a backlash in Indonesia  

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  • Posted: January 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Movie lovers were at their best when Netflix launched their services across the world. However, the streaming services received a backlash from different parts claiming that good morals will be derailed. In addition, Netflix does not follow broadcast laws.

Kenya being one the countries saw a number of authorities coming up with allegations that Netflix promotes violent and pornographic content.

“As a progressive country, we cannot afford to be passive recipient of foreign content that could corrupt the moral values of our children and compromise our national security. If such content is allowed without scrutiny by our regulatory standards, the country is bound to open a floodgate for extremist and radicalizing content, particularly within View-on-Demand and Pay platforms.” KFCB Chairman Bishop Jackson Kosgei said.

From a Christian point of view – Netflix has movies and shows that portray strong message on sexuality and political violence that might have a negative impact on teenagers and the youth.

On the other end, a realist has a right to say that Netflix will bring change since the literature applied in the movies has moral lessons that everybody must follow.

In Indonesia, the country’s largest telco, PT Telkom Indonesia, announced that as of 12 a.m. Wednesday morning they had blocked access to the streaming service on all of its Internet platforms.

“The ban was put in place due to Netflix not following our broadcast laws and for having violent and pornographic content.” Dian Rachmawan, Telkom’s Director of Consumers, said.

“This blocking action will not have an impact to our customers,” he said. “They are still small here. While they are still small, we will teach them to follow the rules here.” Rachmawan added.

Trying to control what people should view or what should be uploaded on the internet is patently absurd. People get amazing ideas from the internet and the movies streaming on some spaces are beneficial to a person’s growth, mostly kids.

Earlier in the month, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that the popular streaming service was being made available in over 130 countries around the world, ordinarily in every country except China.

Since then, Netflix has been working with individual nations to make sure the content offered on the service is in line with local tastes and regulations. It also claimed it would be cracking down on virtual private network (VPN) use to prevent users from accessing foreign Netflix content.

 

 

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Erick Vateta
Tech Editor at Kachwanya.com
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