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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.

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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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