Indonesia imposes ban on social media to prevent false news

Indonesia has imposed sanctions on social media in an effort to prevent the spread of false news, a call to an offensive of post-election violence and halt the two-day protests in the capital.

Fact-reviewers say the spread of false news and calls for terrorism in the social media network has been rising since Tuesday, as election officials confirmed the victory of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Six people were killed in a riot that hit several parts in Jakarta since last night.

Chief Security Officer, Wiranto said that in order to ‘avoid provocation, disseminating false news through the community, it would restrict access to social media networks.

These steps include restricting video or image uploads in social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Whatsapp.

Communications Minister Rudiantara told reporters that the restrictions were aimed at slowing down the content that might spur the ’emotion’ of the public.

Read also: New fuss sparked in Jakarta


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