Indonesia Bans X Platform from Featuring Gambling Ads

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Indonesia Bans X Platform from Featuring Gambling Ads

Indonesia has instructed the social media platform X, previously known as Twitter, to remove any gambling advertisements posted on its platform.

On Thursday, representatives from X were summoned by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to discuss the country’s efforts against illegal gambling advertisements.

Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the Director General of Informatics Applications at the ministry, stated in a press conference that the Indonesian government aims to simplify the identification and removal of gambling content. Pangerapan further mentioned that they have requested the social media platform to establish an automated system to handle such tasks.

The ministry also expressed concerns over the gambling ads on X despite previous warnings.

Concerns arose among Indonesian netizens regarding the widespread appearance of online gambling ads on X, including those featuring public figures. According to a recent survey conducted by Populix, 82% or 8 out of 10 Indonesian internet users have encountered online gambling content. Additionally, the survey revealed that 63% of this group sees online ads regularly during their internet browsing sessions.