The Jakarta Post
Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara has criticized Facebook for not complying with government requests to block hoax content on the platform.
“Facebook can tell you, ‘We are in compliance with the government’. I can tell you how much content we requested to be taken down and how much of it they took down. Facebook is the worst," Rudiantara said in a House of Representatives Commission I working meeting in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by the Cabinet secretary.
The minister’s remark is a response to House Commission I member Evita Nursanti, who said Facebook management would comply with requests to block negative content including hoaxes.
In her statement, Evita said, "In the meeting with Facebook's management, they said that they follow the government. If the government wants something to be shut down, they shut it down."
According to Rudiantara, the Communications and Information Ministry had an argument with Facebook upon sending a request to block certain content.
“What Facebook told members of Commission I is different from the reality,” Rudiantara said, adding that the ministry was ready to share data that indicated Facebook did not comply with its requests.
“Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google comply with what percentage of [requests]? We have all the records,” he said. (asw)