The proliferation of fake news and hatred in social media platforms and online media did not end after the first simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections in modern Indonesian history. The targets of these fake news stories and overt hatred are the general public. However, the creators of this content often have dangerous intentions when creating and spreading hoaxes and hate speech, as they seek to divide society. Those who become victims of fake news are not limited to ordinary citizens, but also public figures, including the country’s elites and state officials. National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian has even become one of the victims of fake news and misinformation. The fake news sent through Facebook was entitled “HRS (Habib Rizieq Syihab) will conduct a people power; the police: we are ready to shoot on sight those disrupting the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, though they are the grandchildren of Prophet”. In response to this incident, the National Police public relations division and the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics marked this statement as a “hoax” on their websites. General Karnavian denied the truth of the hoax, stating “I never made such a statement. It is groundless, and created… Read full this story
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