A few months ago, the authoritarian governments in Tunisia and Egypt were overthrown by democratic people's movements in those countries.
The people in those countries, used social media like Facebook and Twitter to organize, coordinate and document their movement. Similar method has also been used now by the pro-democracy movements in Libya and Yemen.
The above successful use of Facebook and Twitter by pro-democracy movement has inspired Indonesian Minister of Information and Communication Tifatul Sembiring to control the use of Facebook and Twitter.
Carolina Rumuat of Global Voice Online quoted the Minister as saying that social media like Twitter and Facebook must be
strictly controlled since they can be used to destabilize the
government. He added that countries like Tunisia and Libya suffered from
uprisings because their governments failed to control social media.
After being criticized in the media, the Minister changed his mind and made a statement through
his Twitter saying that
reporters have misquoted him. He also wrote on his Facebook page that his statement about
social media control in front of public elementary school teachers was
about the importance of adult supervision on children's internet browsing
experience, language use decency and anti-pornography browsing.
I am very glad that Minister finally realized that Facebook and Twitter are friends of democracy, therefore should not be controlled.