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Indonesia threatens to shut down Facebook

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Of course it would be a Muslim country — what better way to enforce the sharia. This is likely to make an already sharia-compliant Facebook even more hostile than it is now to voices of freedom.Having been one of the early targets of social media censorship on Facebook, YouTube et al, I have advocated for anti-trust action against these bullying behemoths. Early last year, I wrote: “The US government has used anti-trust laws to break up monopolies. They ought to break up Facebook. Section 2 of the Sherman Act highlights particular results deemed anticompetitive by nature and prohibits actions that ‘shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations.’ Couldn’t the same be applied to information? The United States government took down Standard Oil, Alcoa, Northern Securities, the American Tobacco Company and many others without nearly the power that Facebook has.”

What is happening is being engineered at the government level. A chief officer from a major American communications company went to the terror state of Pakistan to assure the Pakistani government that Facebook would adhere to the sharia. The commitment was given by Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan, who called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. “Facebook has reiterated its commitment to keep the platform safe and promote values that are in congruence with its community standards.”

If Facebook is so solicitous of Pakistan, expect it to cave to Indonesia quickly.

“World’s 4th Biggest Country Threatens To Shut Down Facebook,” by Eric Lieberman, Daily Caller News Foundation, April 3, 2018 (thanks to Todd):

A top official in Indonesia is reportedly threatening to shut off the whole country from Facebook if he receives proof that citizen’s data is being collected for profit or the platform is not doing enough to suppress false news.

“If I have to shut them down, then I will do it,” Communications Minister Rudiantara said recently, according to Bloomberg. “I did it. I have no hesitation to do it again,” he continued, referencing his ceasing of operations for the cloud-based messaging app Telegram because it purportedly did not remove “radical” content fast enough.

Rudiantara is especially worried about the prospect of Facebook somehow corrupting the outcome of the upcoming presidential election in the country. And the ostensibly stern warning applies to others in the social media industry like Google, its subsidiary YouTube, and Twitter.

Facebook is currently dealing with an onslaught of criticism from the larger public in the U.S., as well as American lawmakers, with the possibility of some form of federal oversight growing by the day. Much of the concerns of Rudiantara and Indonesia are similar to those in America, like user data privacy and manipulation of its services and features. (RELATED: Facebook Has A Lot Of Openings For Washington Policy Folks After Spate Of Public Backlash)

Still, while enforcement of antitrust regulations — a restraining mechanism for the U.S. government seldom used — are conceivable, other countries are likely to take the lead in cracking down.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently said Americans and their government may soon “wake up” and determine “they are too big” not only “to fail, but too big to be governed.” Those comments reflect his own personal thoughts on big U.S. tech companies, potentially showing that he cares just as much, if not more, than his American counterparts about their collective and respective growing power.

But Indonesia shutting down the social media service used by billions of users a month would be a huge hit for Facebook and possibly a way more severe punishment than any regulations concocted by other governing bodies….

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