MINISTRY Communication and Information Technology (Kemenkominfo) is collaborating with mobile phone operators to manage the promotion of online gambling content through the mass short message (SMS blast) method. In addition to SMS, WhatsApp regarding online gambling will also be restricted.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology (Menkominfo) Budi Arie Setiadi said he will coordinate with mobile operators so that they can have a system or mechanism in place so that their WA and SMS blasts are not used for security issues. online gambling.
In response to this, the director general of computer applications of the ministry of communications and information technology, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, added that his party has been discussing cooperation plans with these cellular operators.
“We had discussions about this SMS (blast) in the rapim on how to work with (cellular) operators to ensure this SMS blasting, as well as supervise what is being blasted,” Semuel said as quoted by Antara.
According to Semuel, the SMS blast method is a new way used by unscrupulous people to offer online gambling. Related people usually start texting blast activities the night before the ball game starts.
In addition to the explosions of SMS and WA, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is also taking decisive steps to manage the dissemination of online gambling content through other platforms, including websites and social media.
From 2018 to July 19, 2023, the Ministry of Communications and Information blocked access to 846,047 online gambling contents. In fact, it was recorded that in the period 13-19 July 2023, access to 11,333 online gambling contents was interrupted.
“Regarding online gambling, indeed it all comes from abroad. We find that it is usually centered in countries where gambling is regulated, so they are not a violation in their country,” said Semuel .
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