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Indonesia's government has demanded that instant messaging apps remove stickers featuring same-sex couples, in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.The government move comes after social media backlash against the popular smartphone messaging app Line for having stickers with gay themes in its online store.
"At Line, we stick to the global benchmark for screening and filtering of content that is sensitive from the perspective of the local culture," it explained.
"Line appreciates all the feedback from users and other parties related to the products and features, and we realize how sensitive this matter is and will work hard to ensure that things like this do not happen again." The Indonesian government thanked the messaging app for complying.
", especially the concerns of mothers of children on the negative influence of LGBT stickers," said the spokesperson, according to a post on the ministry's website.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but it remains a sensitive issue in the Muslim-majority nation.
At the same time, most of Indonesian society, which follows a moderate form of Islam, is tolerant; gay and transsexual entertainers often appeare on television shows.