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Sometimes, your sense of humor can get you into trouble.

Not everyone will see the joke. Or, if they do, they still might be offended.

This seems to have been the case on Friday when drivers on a busy street in Jakarta, Indonesia drove past an electronic billboard and were given pause for thought.

For, as the BBC reports, the billboard wasn’t displaying an ad for a soap opera or an action movie, but action of a very different kind.

Someone had allegedly hacked into the billboard and transmitted a porn movie.

Traffic came to an abrupt halt.

The movie — which turns out to be the Japanese classic “Tokyo Hot N1185” — played for around five minutes.

Asian Correspondent, relying on the work of local paper Harian Jogya, reports that the alleged miscreant has been apprehended and the computer equipment of a local advertising company has been confiscated.

On Twitter, the event naturally caused a stir. USAID Education Foreign Service Officer Pete Cronin, for example, was enthralled.

“Oh Jakarta, you never cease to amaze me,” he tweeted, together with an image of the action.

Hacking into billboards isn’t new. It’s stimulated, one suspects, by a certain boyish guffawing.

Still, this isn’t the first time porn has played a role in Indonesian public life. Who can forget the nation’s anti-porn politician who was caught viewing porn on his computer?

Yes, during a parliamentary debate.

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