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Social media platforms, messaging apps back to normal: Ministry

News Desk

The Jakarta Post

-  /  Sat, May 25, 2019  /  05:11 pm
Social media platforms, messaging apps back to normal: Ministry

Social media and online messaging apps returned to normal on Saturday afternoon, after the government limited access to such platforms on Wednesday in response to the Jakarta post-election riots. (Shutterstock/Jirapong Manustrong)

Social media and online messaging apps returned to normal on Saturday afternoon, after the government limited access to such platforms on Wednesday in response to the Jakarta post-election riots.

“[…] video and photo features within social media and instant messaging [apps] might work again, with the normalization process starting between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.,” Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said in a statement.

He urged all users of social media, instant messaging and video and file sharing platforms to maintain positivity in cyberspace.

“Let us fight against the hoaxes, slander and provocation that was spread during the riots,” Rudiantara said.

Read also: Jakarta riot: Government temporarily limits access to social media, messaging apps

The Communications and Information Ministry also made the announcement on its Twitter account, where it reminded users to use the internet responsibly.

During the period of limited access, internet users were unable to seamlessly view and share photos and videos through such platforms as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Many complained that the government's decision to block features caused difficulties at work and in conducting business. (mut)