Communications Minister Rudiantara meets with Tik Tok representatives on Wednesday (04/07). (Beritasatu Photo/Herman)

Gov't Will Unblock Tik Tok Once It Complies With Requirements: Minister


JULY 05, 2018

Jakarta. Indonesia will restore access to Tik Tok, a music video platform and social network application, as soon as the developer complies with the government's requirements, Communications Minister Rudiantara said on Wednesday (04/07).

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology blocked access to the smartphone application amid public concern on Tuesday over negative content, including pornography, mainly in its video-sharing feature.

Tik Tok, created by Chinese developer Toutiao, was launched in September 2016. The app attracted 150 million daily active users by June this year.

The app allows users to create 60-second music videos with various types of background music, including R&B, pop and hip-hop. The app has generated numerous viral videos due to its massive popularity and strong social-media presence.

"The company has responded quickly after access to the Tik Tok app was blocked. We told them why we blocked access to the app, and what they should do to resolve the issue. Most important for us is a commitment from them [to comply with the requirements]," Rudiantara said after meeting with a Toutiao representative in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The ministry requires the developer to remove all negative content from the platform, while also filtering new content to prevent a repeat of the present situation.

"Aside from filtering out negative content, some things also need to be done, including an increase in age requirements for Tik Tok users. We also asked them to establish a representative office in Indonesia to allow faster and better communication between us," Rudiantara said.

The minister said the government will restore access to the app as soon Toutiao submits a letter in which it makes a commitment not to violate any laws.