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BlackBerry to filter websites in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Jan 10, 2011 – BlackBerry smartphone maker on Monday said it will filter the web "as soon as possible" after the government threatened to curb its services if it failed to block access to pornographic sites.

Research in Motion (RIM) said in a statement that it has been in talks with its partners and the government on the matter and "continues to make it a top priority to implement satisfactory technical solutions as soon as possible."

Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring on Friday gave the Canadian company a two-week deadline to block access or risk restrictions being imposed, prompting protests on microblogging site Twitter.

"If RIM still doesn\’t block porn sites by then, users won\’t be able to use the RIM service to browse the Internet. But they can use the company\’s other services," ministry spokesman Gatot Dewabrata told AFP.

The ministry will meet RIM on January 17 to discuss the matter, he added.

The row is the latest in a series of controversies that RIM has faced, as several governments including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and India have complained about difficulties monitoring communications via the smartphones.

Indonesia has more than two million BlackBerry users in the country of 240 million people, seen as a major emerging market for information technology and mobile communications.

It is also the world\’s fourth most-populous country and has about 40 million Internet users, according to Internet World Stats.

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