News– Online gambling in Indonesia is apparently still mushrooming even though it has been eradicated by the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo) of the Republic of Indonesia. From July to December 2023, his party has removed around 810,785 content related to online gambling.
Currently, the Ministry of Communication and Information says there are still challenges to eradicating online gambling. According to the Director General of Information Applications at the Ministry of Communication and Information, Semuel Abrijani, online gambling promotion methods are getting smarter and are difficult for the government to track.
Semuel said that it was difficult for online gambling site organizers to trace their movements because of the spread of the internet. Apart from that, differences in regulations between countries mean that the Ministry of Communication and Information must be careful in following up on online gambling promotional content.
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Ministry of Communication and Information: Online Gambling Sites Spread Bit Links on SMS or WhatsApp
“Internet can be from anywhere, anywhere. We monitor it on search engines. They're smart too, so they don't publish directly (online gambling sites) so they can't be tracked. He gave a bit link via SMS or WhatsApp. “We blocked the accounts,” explained Semuel at the Ministry of Communication and Information office, Friday (26/1/2024).
The internet is widespread and has different rules so that online gambling sites can be accessed from anywhere. His party also continues to ensure a safe digital space for Indonesian citizens.
“The global internet has different rules. So he can enter from anywhere. Because it is connected to the internet, the world has different rules. Every day we work, trying to review before blocking. “We have to validate first, we can't just use keywords because it could be detrimental to others,” he added.
Regarding the amount of content handled by the Ministry of Communication and Information in 1 semester, it is almost 4 times more than the amount of online gambling content taken down throughout 2022. Then, Kominfo has blocked around 4,164 accounts and 540 e-wallet accounts related to online gambling activities during the second semester. in 2023. This step was taken together with the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and Bank Indonesia, because it is estimated that online gambling transactions in Indonesia could reach Rp. 160 trillion to Rp. 350 Trillion.
Not only that, the Ministry of Communication and Information has also sent warnings to several social media platforms to crack down on all types of online gambling content in Indonesia. Namely, the Meta platform in October 2023 and the
Another Challenge in Eradicating Online Gambling: Mutually Changing Similar Domains
Quoting from SINDOnews.com, Member of Commission I DPR Subarna said the challenge in handling online gambling is that sites are produced repeatedly using similar domains or using the same IP address. Academic, Writer and Digital Practitioner Dian Ikha Pramayanti said that in Indonesia the value of online gambling transactions reached IDR 200 trillion. Sadly, there are victims of online gambling, the majority of whom are underage children.
“In Indonesia, the value of online gambling transactions reaches IDR 200 trillion, with the majority of victims being minors who also come from the lower middle economic class,” said Dian.
According to him, online gambling hides behind online games, WhatsApp groups, SMS and online advertisements. Those who use this platform quite often are Gen Z. Therefore, this is the same as what was revealed by the Ministry of Communication and Information and must be handled immediately so as not to experience prolonged losses.