Indonesia Blocked 71 Gay Apps

By | February 08, 2018 Leave a Comment
The raid against transgender women in Aceh Province on January 2018. (Photo: Youtube)

By Writer Staff

The Indonesian government has blocked 71 apps on the Google Play Store containing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) content and pornography.

In a discussion in Jakarta on Thursday, Expert Staff of the Ministry of Communications and Information (Kemenkominfo) Henri Subiakto said it has a new tool that has the ability to automatically search websites and applications with LGBT content.

"There are 71 gay apps on Google Play that are blocked," Henri said.

"We're not just waiting for people suggestions, but now we're using crowling, which is looking for sites that contain LGBT or pornography,"

He said the government has also blocked at least 14 apps or websites with LGBT and pornographic content since September 28, 2016.

"Pornography is like a business, so when it's blocked, it will show up again," Henri said.

He said the blocking aims to address and prevent the spread of LGBT behavior in Indonesia.

"We block them (website and application) because its contents have been invited and encouraged to LGBT behavior," he said.

It's the latest low point in a two-year campaign against Indonesian's LGBT people that's been marked by vitriol from political figures and clerics, arrested of consensus adults inside hotels, clubs and saunas and trials and convictions under anti-pornography legislation.

At the end of January, police in Aceh detained 12 transgender people who worked in the salon and forced them to wear men's clothes, and cut their hair to make them look masculine. Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that practices Islamic law.
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