WhatsApp is a social media service that is currently back in the spotlight of Indonesia. previously WhatsApp is reportedly spread fake news but now reported to contain content that leads to pornography. Pornographic content can be found in WhatsApp’s new feature in the form of moving images (GIF). GIFs that point to the pornography can be searched easily in apps with certain keywords.
GIF Image content in WhatsApp is provided by third parties. This GIF file is commonly used as a compliment or expression when users exchange messages in WhatsApp.
Initially, Internet users agile upload screenshots of how to access the hidden features of WhatsApp gif feature. However, then the move actually makes the content of pornography increasingly spread.
The crowd continues with the solicitation of not spreading the screenshots. Netizens urged the government to block the feature. Actually, anyone asks WhatsApp is blocked in Indonesia.
WhatsApp’s similar digital conversation service, Telegram, was previously blocked by the government as a communication tool for perpetrators of radicalism and the spread of pornographic content.
The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (Kominfo) confirmed that they will block WhatsApp if the instant messaging service is not really blocking pornographic content.
The Director-General of Aptika of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said it gave the time for WhatsApp for 2 x 24 hours from the first notice to them.
“Though from a third party, WhatsApp should not be out of hand because it is on their platform, Appa must immediately clean it, if it is not blocked,” Semuel said at a press conference at the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Jakarta,
The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (Kemkominfo) recently blocked Tenor as a GIF content provider in WhatsApp. The Ministry headed by Rudiantara is working with the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
According to the Director-General of Applications and Informatics of Kemkominfo, Semuel Abrijani Pangarepan, the blocking of Tenor is done starting on November 6, 2017. There is six Domain Name System (DNS) Tenor is blocked.
Some of them are tenor.com, api.tenor.com, blog.tenor.com, qa.tenor.com, media.tenor.com, and media1.tenor.com.
However, the current GIF in WhatsApp is still accessible because the app is already connected to the IP chat app. Therefore, there should be coordination with WhatsApp and Tenor for GIF pornography to be removed from WhatsApp.
In addition to Tenor, WhatsApp also works with GIPHY as a GIF content provider. In this case, WhatsApp has been coordinating with GIPHY related content that is not in accordance with the customs in Indonesia.