‘Rude’, ‘Anonymous’ Tweeters Beware: Indonesia Government To Target Twitter

Posted on Feb 7 2012 - 6:30am by Editorial Staff

According to Jakarta Globe report, Indonesia’s Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring after blocking access to almost one million pornographic Web Sites, is looking out to clean the country of anonymous Twitter accounts users that often use insults to attack other people.

“We are now studying it. Because if they really violate [laws] and insult people, they could be reported as spam. Then their [accounts] could be closed by Twitter officials,” he said. Complaints can be filed against Twitter users that disturb the public or attack and offend public figures, he claimed, even if it is an anonymous account. “If they violate the laws, they will be punished. Principally, every account user could be held responsible by tracing his position and device,” he said.

Blogger Wicaksono, who has about 55,000 followers on Twitter, told the Jakarta Globe the ministry had too much time in its hands if it actually pursued that plan. He said there were growing numbers of anonymous accounts, but many of those accounts are tweeting humorous material, such as an account named Suster Ngesot (the mythical crawling nurse ghost). “And what is the definition of insulting? It has so many interpretations,” he said.

Earlier, since from the time when the micro-blogging site Twitter made an announcement for censoring the tweets country-wise – the one such big question arise in people’s mind that why Twitter announced that it would remove the tweets on country’s government criteria – we called it as censorship. The micro-blogging site CEO Dick Costolo states, “There Hadn’t Been Any Change In Twitter’s Policy On Removing Tweets.”

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung agreed, saying people could learn a lot from criticism made by anonymous accounts. “A limitation or monitoring is not needed. This is a democratic country. If someone thinks that he is being defamed please [report the case], but special monitoring for anonymous accounts, that’s just unnecessary,” Pramono said.

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