Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Government has sent an official warning letter to social media platform X, formerly Twitter, asking it to abide by Indonesia's regulations on pornographic content, Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi has said.

"We have sent a letter in relation to pornographic contents on X. We will block the platform if it remains permissive (to such content)," he informed during a joint meeting with Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta on Monday.

He made the statement when a legislator asked him about the government's stance on X's decision to permit users to post pornographic content.

Setiadi reiterated that the government will make X inaccessible in Indonesia unless its management conforms to domestic regulations.

"We cannot afford to let Indonesia get dictated by foreign parties," he added.

Earlier, the government's plan to send a warning letter to X was revealed by Deputy Minister of Communication and Informatics Nezar Patria on Friday (June 7, 2024).

"We will send X a letter," he said in Jakarta.

The official added that his side is mulling over steps that will be taken to respond to X's controversial move.

X's new policy on pornographic content was made public when the social platform owned by Elon Musk updated related information on its help center in late May 2024.

The new policy allows users to upload pornographic content, noting that such content is not accessible to underage users as well as those who do not provide details about their date of birth.

The permission is at odds with the applicable regulations in Indonesia, including Article 27 Paragraph (1) of Law No. 1 of 2024 concerning the second amendment to Law No. 11 of 2008 on Electronic Information and Transactions.

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