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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Indonesian communications minister threatens to shutdown Facebook ahead of upcoming elections Related reading: Podcast: The implications of the CCPA's final amendments

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Indonesian Communications Minister Rudiantara threatened to shut down Facebook if it is discovered the company is harvesting citizens’ personal data or should the company fail to regulate “fake news” during upcoming Indonesian elections, Bloomberg reports. Delivering a message to Facebook and other social media platforms, he warned, "If you are not able to manage your platform to support the stability of Indonesia that means your intention to be in Indonesia is not for business, it’s for something else." Rudiantara said he had contacted the company to verify whether Indonesian user data was involved in the cache harvested by Cambridge Analytica and explained the country could take steps, including administrative and criminal sanctions, if his citizens were found among the 50 million users involved.
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