Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Minister of Communication and Informatics (Menkominfo) Budi Arie Setiadi ensured that the government would be firm in closing, blocking andtake down all online gambling sites. Or activities that bring or cause serious damage to the community through digital platforms.
“Online gambling is the victim of the community. Even though digitalization should be interpreted and aimed at making society more productive, not moving backwards,” said Budi in the Closing Bell Program CNBC IndonesiaMonday (4/9/2023).
Budi said the Indonesian people could avoid that there were challenges. However, he also ensured that he would close all access to sites containing gambling.
“Even so, we will see what the dynamics are like? We are also very aware that things like this are still prohibited in Indonesia, even though it is no longer in other ASEAN countries,” said Budi.
According to Budi, in several countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and the Philippines it is legal. Therefore, it is impossible not to see the times and technological progress. Moreover, this advancement in gambling technology has occurred across countries.
“The point is digitization borderless, there are no national boundaries. So this is our job, how to look after everything,” concluded Budi.
For your information, based on Kominfo data from 2018 to July 2023, there have been 846,047 online gambling sites that have been blocked. In fact, within a week, there were 11,333 platforms with online gambling content that were wiped out.
This online gambling content is usually disguised as the official website of certain institutions, for example banking. During January to July 17 2023, there were 1,509 cases of online gambling that infiltrated banking sites.
Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 bank accounts have been reported for online gambling. The number of complaints ranged from the beginning of the year to July 2023 or around 7 months.
Not to mention, there are at least 1,859 complaints about the use of banking accounts. This amount dominates complaints about accounts being used for the purpose of violating the law.
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