HEADLINE Indonesia beefs up online ‘fake news’ crackdown


Indonesia beefs up online ‘fake news’ crackdown

By Xi Laiwang | People's Daily app

22:46, March 12, 2018

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JAKARTA (People’s Daily) - The Indonesian government on Monday formed a special task force in its capital amid a crackdown on online misinformation. 

During a launch event, an Indonesian police official said the team will be responsible for eradicating “fake news” and making those who spread it accountable.

With a population of 133 million Internet users, Indonesia has suffered an increasing problem of online false reports in recent years.

Earlier this month, Indonesian law enforcement arrested 14 members of a racial Islamist cyber network, accusing them of spreading false reports, hate speech and other crimes. 

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