South-east Asian nations, in ways consistent approach to the regulation of Large-Tech

BANGKOK/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Southeast Asian governments are banding together to take on the global tech-giant on the matters”, including the “fake news” and taxes, it will mark a new era in the region’s response to the internet’s explosive growth.

FILE PHOTO: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter logos are seen in this combination photo from the Reuters files. – REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo

The stakes are high, both for the government, which is counting on the digital economy to drive growth and innovation in the midst of the political tensions, the two companies, which is the image of the South-east Asia, social media-loving population of 641 million to a rapidly growing market.

With the new initiatives, which have not previously been reported, are an attempt by Indonesia to join forces with Thailand, Vietnam, cambodia and the Philippines, in demanding action from Google, Facebook, and other companies, and the regulation of content, and tax policy.

“We have 80 per cent of the region,” the Indonesian minister of communication Rudiantara told Reuters. Indonesia has been the preparation of the legislation, tech companies, online services, and to pay the tax on the value added to the local vendors, even when they are booked in the offshore industry.

In the meantime, Thailand’s telecom regulator, in a late-August meeting with local and regional colleagues, it is proposed that each of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the internet, and streaming video businesses, to have it’s own “control center” for the repression of false news.

Thailand is pointed out in the discussion of the question of the “economic contributions” of internet companies, either by way of taxes, duties or charges, in accordance with a written copy of the speech seen by Reuters.

The council of the ASEAN telecom regulators, has accepted Thailand’s proposal to the centers, and as a stand-alone document containing guidelines for the economic contribution it is expected to be formally approved in November at the ASEAN summit, a source in the Thai regulatory authority and with knowledge of the talks told Reuters.

“ASEAN as a group and that gives us plenty of leverage, and the combined user-base of services, such as Facebook, it is large enough to allow you to borrow to deal with it,” the source said.

The initiatives reflect widespread concerns that the Internet of services, where the majority of the people in the region have only in the last couple of years, fanning ethnic, racial, and religious hatred, while avoiding paying their fair share.

The groups are nervous about the potential for an institutionalised form of censorship. According to Freedom House, as of 2018, Net Freedom in the survey, all of the South east Asian country to rank as not free or partly free of charge.

Emilie Pradichit, director of the Thailand-based Manushya Foundation, which advocates for the rights online, said to Reuters, authorities in the region will be able to make use of the label of “fake news” to target dissidents. She called on businesses to resist such attempts.

“We believe that the government should not use false information in order to achieve the goals that are to their benefit, and private-sector organizations, such as Facebook, should take the lead in protection of netizens’ online freedom,” Pradichit, told Reuters.

The Asia Internet Coalition, which counts internet giants Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, and messaging app, Line, from among its members, told the MEETING the risks of the loss of the digital economy, unless the new policy is “right.”

“The potential of the region’s digital economy, it will likely be blunted by overregulation, or any taxes, fees and charges,” the AIC’s director, Jeff Paine, told Reuters, urging governments to focus on the ‘ industry partnerships and industry partnerships.”


It is not yet clear what the level of support for the new proposals and how they might be implemented in the next few months.

of the plan, following the successful bid to the Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s Google to pay taxes on the Indonesia-related advertising revenues are recognized at the Asia headquarters in Singapore.

“Other countries have asked me how we were able to get it, so I offered to do them for free out of Indonesia in order to deal with the platform,” Rudiantara said. He also said that he is sure that the social media giant, Telegram, and Tik-Tok to determine the content of the monitoring teams in Asia.

Rudiantara, is now planning a “three-letter” system, in which, if a platform does not respond to three requests from the government to engage in a behavior, they were banned. It is proposed to the neighboring countries of a shared channel in order to communicate with the business.

The Thai regulator to connect to the internet, the companies and the fund, the “control centers” in each and every country in South-east Asia.

Singapore has been successful in a complex and “fake news,” the law of the internet, companies have to be on the label, or delete any content that is deemed to be false.

The Thai proposal for a directive aims to ensure that businesses are in a fast-paced action on the fake news, and fake accounts. Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube, of all to develop a policy on what is permissible on their platforms, and generally prohibits the use of fake accounts, misleading, or deceptive practices and hate speech. Content that is false, however, it is usually allowed.

“They said that they had a process to deal with it, but we did it, it is still too slow,” said Takorn Tantasith, the secretary-general of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

Government officials in malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, told Reuters that they support the control center, the plan, saying that the fake news is one of the most important national concern.

In the philippines communication technology (ict) undersecretary Eliseo Rio said the country’s authorities are also working on a “one-stop” the content of the review mechanism, as a country, decided that it was the wrong information, the company would have to remove it in its entirety and not just one block away from the local area.

“Individual governments will be able to conclude that these are fake,” he added.

Rights watchdogs have warned that the freedom of the press, there was a drop in the Philippines, with a number of officials have been accused of propagating disinformation campaigns against the opposition.

Sources familiar with the government investigation, however, said that with the support of the control centers were not in agreement on the Asian.

Three of the managers in the targeted companies, they said that they do not believe that the concept would work, partly because it covers a wide range of companies around the world.

Facebook, Line, Corp, Amazon, Netflix, and Walt Disney were among those who attended a meeting in August with the regulators to discuss the proposal.

For Google and Netflix declined to comment, while Amazon, Facebook, Line, and Disney will not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In both Singapore and Indonesia are all going to have to impose a GST tax on foreign corporations for the provision of services, and the negotiations are under way between the South-east Asian countries and one region-wide effort. The subject was also discussed at the industry meeting.

“Lack of income is a problem, and asked for their co-operation in this,” Takorn said.

Reporting Patpicha Tanakasempipat in Bangkok, Fanny Potkin in Jakarta, indonesia. – Additional reporting by Prak Chan Thul in Phnom Penh, Neil Jerome Morales in Manila, and Liz Lee in Kuala Lumpur. Edited by: Jonathan Weber

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