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BlackBerry Web Access To Be Censored In Indonesia

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to prevent its Indonesian users from accessing pornographic websites with the handsets.

The news comes after the Indonesian Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring ordered the company to censor pornographic websites on its network or face a complete ban on its Internet services. The minister has given the company two weeks to filter the material.

A government spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that the government and the company's officials will hold a meeting on 17 January to discuss its next move.

“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 in a statement.

The BlackBerry maker is also under immense pressure from the Indian government, which is demanding access to data from its heavily encrypted e-mail and messenger services. The government fears that unmonitored use of the services may aid terrorists secretly plan and execute attacks on Indian soil.