Ministry #I Asia News Network: Social media sites and messaging apps are back to normal.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (The Jakarta Post) – After the government restricted access to social media and internet chat applications on Wednesday in response to the Jakarta post-election rioting, everything were back to normal on Saturday afternoon.

In a statement, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara stated, “[…] video and photo functions within social media and instant messaging [apps] might work again, with the normalisation process starting between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.”

Rudiantara added, “Let us battle against the hoaxes, slander, and provocation that were propagated during the disturbances.”

The statement was also made on the Communications and Information Ministry’s Twitter account, which advised users to use the internet properly.

Internet users were unable to view and share photos and videos on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp during the period of restricted access. Many people complained that the government’s choice to prohibit features made work and business more difficult. (mut)