Poynter: Indonesia faces two waves of misinformation and an internet shutdown at the same time

Poynter: Indonesia faces two waves of misinformation and an internet shutdown at the same time. “Borneo is internationally known for palm oil plantations, coal mining, dense jungles and orangutans. Building a big city to become the country’s capital there could mean the end of all that, or at least part of it. So discussions around this topic took over the country in the last days, fueled by memes and unreliable data shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, in the province of Papua, another huge wave of misinformation started to take place, so fact-checkers had to divide their attention.”

Jakarta Globe: National Police Form New Unit to Tackle ‘Fake News’ on Social Media

From the Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): National Police Form New Unit to Tackle ‘Fake News’ on Social Media. “The unit, known as the Multimedia Bureau, will be tasked with conducting ‘cyber-patrols’ on the internet. National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the new unit will monitor and tackle fake news on social media platforms, distribute information regarding public order and educate social media users.”