Indonesia blocks websites tied to online gambling

Indonesia blocks websites tied to online gambling

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Indonesia blocks websites tied to online gambling

Indonesia is blocking access to websites that are suspected of being connected to online gambling that operate out of Davao City, Philippines, and Cambodia.

According to a letter released on Monday, the Ministry of Communications gave Indonesia’s telecom companies instructions to cut down lines that connected to gambling websites in the two countries. Access will be permanently disabled.

The largest Muslim-majority nation in the world forbids online gambling. Nevertheless, statistics from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center indicates that 3.2 million people play online gambling, with teachers and housewives making up the majority of this population. According to the state agency, $36.5 billion worth of transactions has been made as of the first quarter of 2024.

State officials have grown increasingly concerned about the expansion of online gambling, particularly in light of high-profile incidents of crime and suicide linked to gambling addiction and debt. President Joko Widodo has organized a police task force to combat illegal online gambling enterprises and has urged religious and community leaders to report all types of gambling.

Indonesia has shut down more than 2.1 million illicit online gambling sites and reprimanded TikTok, Google, and Meta for running gambling advertisements on their platforms, warning fines if the practice continues.

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