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Porn-Free Blackberry Smartphones for Indonesia

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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2011

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Research In Motion has agreed to the Indonesian government's request that it block access to pornography websites on its BlackBerry smartphone. That was really the only choice available as Indonesia was fully prepared to shut the BlackBerry service down.

Blackberry maker Research In Motion says that it will comply with the Indonesian government's request to block porn access for the three million Indonesian users of its smartphone.

[Gregory Wade, Regional Director, RIM]:
"We are fully committed to providing a solution and solutions that satisfy the needs and requirements of the Indonesian ministry and government as it relates to Blackberry's service here in Indonesia."

Last week the Indonesian Communication and Information Minister threatened to shut down Web browser access on BlackBerries if the firm did not block porn content.

BlackBerry has since agreed to the block.

[Tifatul Sembiring, Minister of Communication & Information]:
"RIM agreed to comply with applicable laws and regulations in Indonesia."

Blackberry must make the changes by January 21.

[Tifatul Sembiring, Minister of Communication & Information]:
"January 21 is the time limit for blocking pornography sites because other operators have been closed already and only RIM has not done it yet."

[Steffi, BlackBerry User]:
"Actually BlackBerry is very beneficial for businesses and other things, but, if it were to close, a lot of people would lose out, and all because of porn. What a pity."

[Envi, BlackBerry User]:
"Indonesia is one of the biggest users of BlackBerry and I hope for the best result -- that porn sites will be blocked."

Indonesia is one of RIM's faster growing markets, with gross domestic product growth of about 6 percent and booming consumer demand in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

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