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Netflix blocked in Indonesia by their largest telecom provider.

Netflix recently became the largest Internet TV network with its expansion to over 130 countries worldwide. However with great power, comes great responsibility as the censorship terms vary from country to country.

Censorship seems to be a minor setback for the TV network as their operations around the world would mean they would have to comply with each country's cultural norms.

Netflix's smooth growth hit a pothole when Indonesia' state owned PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk., also known as Telkom, started blocking Netflix's service arguing they do not have a permit to operate in Indonesia and their content may be too violent or adult to meet with the country’s censorship standards.

Netflix responded to the ban saying that it has rating guides and parental controls as ways for viewers to control what they watch after an Indonesian official raised that Netflix should register itself as a foreign provider of Internet-based media and “self-censor” its content.

Netflix is currently active in Indonesia but only until the government decides whether to fully block the service provider or to possibly create a new ruling that would allow them to continue operating.

Malaysia could be the next country to face a similar situation as the neighbouring countries both have strict censorship policies.

Malaysia's Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Said Keruak
Malaysia's Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Said Keruak quickly commented that Netflix's content would still have to comply with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)’s content standards after being available in Malaysia.

He adds that they will take action against Netflix if it breaches the regulator’s content standards.

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