RIM agrees to Indonesian porn ban

Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM has bowed to pressure from the Indonesian government and will impose a ban on pornographic sites as soon as possible.

According to a Dow Jones report posted on Total Telecom, Research in Motion has promised to implement a blanket ban on porn "as soon as possible" following threats from government Minister Tifatul Sembiring, who told RIM to play ball or shut up shop altogether.

"RIM has been engaged with its carrier partners and the government on this matter and continues to make it a top priority to implement satisfactory technical solutions with its partners as soon as possible," the company said, looking to al the world like a small boy desperately trying to stop a herd of charging elephants with a pea shooter.

RIM has been under siege by various governments because its encryption methods have outwitted spooks and spies who like like to listen in on other people's conversations and read their emails. but this is the first time a nation state has threatened to hobble a legitimate company for failing to hold back the tide of smut, as far as we can remember.

Coincidentally (or not depending on your level of cynicism), Indonesia has also demanded access to everyone's emails and messages just in case they need to use them in a corruption case, which makes a refreshing change from the usual 'terrorism' excuse wheeled out every time a country wants to justify invading its citizens' privacy.

RIM will be meeting the government on January 17th to further discuss how the Internet filtering will work. Which it won't, obviously.