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Indonesia presses Google, Facebook to pay more tax

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets Indonesia's then-president-elect Joko Widodo in October 2014.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Hoping to boost tax revenue, Indonesia is mulling a new regulation that will require Google, Facebook and Twitter and other foreign online service providers to obtain a "permanent establishment" status in the country.

     A permanent establishment means foreign companies will need to "establish a company in Indonesia, a joint venture in Indonesia, or enter into cooperation with cellular operators," Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara told reporters on Tuesday.

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