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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's broadcasting watchdog to monitor Netflix, YouTube

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /   02:07 pm
Indonesia's broadcasting watchdog to monitor Netflix, YouTube A man watches a commercial on his laptop in Jakarta. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) is set to formulate rules expected to become a legal umbrella for monitoring content on digital media outlets such as YouTube, streaming service Netflix and social media.

KPI head Agung Suprio argued that the necessity to monitor digital media arose because the viewing habits of the majority of people, in particular younger people, had shifted from conventional media like television and radio, with viewers spending hours accessing digital content.

The measure is aimed at ensuring that the digital content is worth watching, promotes educational values and to keep netizens away from low-quality content. “We want to be able to monitor [content] because in the new media or digital media nowadays the content is included within the broadcasting scope,” Agung said in Jakarta on Monday, reported.

Moreover, the proportion of millennials, people who will be in the age range of 20 to 40 years in 2020, has reached almost half the population of the country, according to data from the Statistics Agency, Agung cited.

The KPI is attempting to include the monitoring of digital content in the revision of the 2002 Broadcasting Law, which the House of Representative is expected to deliberate soon.

“We will also revise the Broadcasting Code of Conduct and Standards of Broadcast Programs (P3SPS) because it's too old. New things have not yet been accommodated. We hope to revise it within the shortest possible time,” he said. (sau)