Vimeo Banned in Indonesia for Allegedly Containing Pornography.
While Vimeo may not allow porn to be uploaded on its site, it does allow users to upload “artistic” and “non-sexual nudity.” Although, from the Indonesian government point of view, this is still deemed as pornography.
Indonesia announced during this Monday that it has ordered all of their Internet service provider based in the country to block the video distribution and streaming site according to the Associated Press.
The government stated that this decision was based on complaints received from Indonesian Citizens and the fact that some of the content found on Vimeo videos were breaking the country’s anti-pornography law. This strict law equates nudity to pornography and has forbidding any displays of skin found on websites or other media. In fact, the government stated that it manage to find a total of 15,000 videos tagged with words about nudity, according tot he Associated Press.
Vimeo has confirmed on Twitter that its site has been blocked within Indonesia. One tweet during Monday stated, ”It seems Vimeo is blocked for some Indonesian users, but it’s on the Indonesian side and we can’t unblock it,”a following post on Tuesday said, “We have received an official request from the Indonesian government; we will look into the request and report back ASAP.”
According to the Associated Press, the government has requested Vimeo to input much stricter content filters on its videos for Indonesia, something that YouTube has already done.
Indonesia is one of the countries well known for not tolerating pornography, nudity, or even risque dresses. During 2012, the government mention that it had blocked over 1 million “porn”sites during the month of Ramadan.
While Indonesia has one of the world’s largest Islamic populations, many of the country’s citizens do not agree with the governments hardcore stance. When the anti-pornography law was first passed during 2008, a horde of Indonesians took to the streets to protest. The Vimeo ban has also been decried by Indonesians on Facebook and twitter.
While Indonesia has one of the world’s largest Islamic populations, many of the country’s citizens do not agree with the government’s hardline stance. When the anti-pornography law was passed in 2008, many Indonesians took to the streets to protest. The Vimeo ban has also been decried by Indonesians on Facebook and Twitter.