Restricting social media functions and a WhatsApp instant messaging application to suppress hoaks circulation ahead of the May 22 demonstration, the limitation in the form of limitation on uploading photos and videos directly affected the data traffic of XL Axiata cellular operators.
A few days ago, the government imposed restrictions on the function of social media and Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram instant messaging applications to suppress and minimize the turbulent circulation of hoaks in Indonesia.
XL Axiata Technology Director Yessie D. Yosetya observe and recorded an overall decline of 10 percent in network data traffic.
The very impact that was felt on the impact of the action Especially for WhatsApp, Yessie said the decrease in traffic occurred more than 50 percent, while the traffic for Instagram social media was almost finished.
But this, Yessie said the disturbance was temporary because it was implementing the configuration changes for the first time.
On the first day of the May 22 limitation, some users had complained about the disturbed application functions, such as the continuous “pending” WhatsApp images.
“Instagram is basically photos and videos. It’s almost all gone, “Yessie said when met during the break-fasting event at XL Axiata’s office in Jakarta, Friday (05/24/2019).
The effect, among other things, is that sending images becomes difficult or cannot be done. Meanwhile, downloading videos is slow.
“The configuration is done nationally, so it has an impact,” Yessie said, adding that XL Axiata’s internet network speed was not affected by the configuration.
Previously, the government through the Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara said that some of the functions of social media and instant messaging in Indonesia were deliberately limited, with the aim of reducing the flow of false news circulating in these mediums.