After the country called for RIM to filter the adult content that was being shown to unlocked BlackBerry Phone users in Indonesia, it looks as though they are going to have to buckle and give into their demands. The company has reportedly agreed to filter pornographic content on BlackBerry’s in India as a result of the government’s request that was made. This is not the first time that the company has had to accommodate requests from the government, but is the first time that they have agreed to filter the content that is given to their users. Apparently they would rather filter the content then have the BlackBerry be banned in the country.
They are working with the government to put the filter in place as promptly as possible, they said in a recent statement. The filtering solution will keep millions of Indonesian users from accessing the adult content. The fact that they asked Research In Motion to filter the content really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise to anyone. They first instituted an anti-pornographic material law in 2008 that filtered a lot of the internet content that was available at the time.
RIM really had no choice and was forced to give into their demands. Indonesia has previously asked the company to move some of its servers, which are currently located in Canada, to Indonesia so that they could keep a closer eye on the content that their citizens were looking at through their mobile devices. Working with governments to filter content is an increasing trend in the mobile industry, and this is one of many deals that may come into place in the future. It will be interesting to see if other filters are put into place as well in the future in other countries. RIM has made it clear that they are willing to work with governments on the issue.
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