Indonesia’s instant messaging providers must remove gay emoji and stickers from their apps, the government has ordered, prompting a human rights outcry.
The government move comes after a social media backlash against Line, a popular smartphone messaging app, for having stickers – an elaborate type of emoji – with homosexual themes in its online store.
Homosexuality and is not illegal in Indonesia but LGBT matters are a sensitive issue. At the same time most of Indonesian society, which follows a moderate form of Islam, is tolerant, with gay and transsexual entertainers often appearing on television shows.
But Twitter and Facebook recently exploded with criticism of Line and its competitor WhatsApp for containing gay content. Line on Tuesday said it had removed all LGBT-related stickers from its local store after complaints from Indonesian users. Read more