Thursday, August 18, 2022

Indonesia raises restrictions on social media during unrest


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Authorities on Saturday lifted temporary restrictions imposed on some social media platforms to prevent the publication of false news during recent violence in connection with the official announcement of the results of the presidential election, an official with Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications said.

“The social networking sites on the Internet have returned to normal,” said Samuel Abrejani Panrapan, director general of the ministry’s information applications department, at a press conference.

The restrictions were imposed on Wednesday after riots broke out in the capital following protests over President Goku Widodo’s victory in a new term in a vote last month.

The violence has killed eight people and wounded more than 900, and authorities have been blamed for fueling tensions over the publication of false news via the Internet.

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