Friday, 20 September 2019

Jokowi Asks SocialMedia Bosses to Join TerrorismPrevention Effort

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  • United States President Barack Obama (right) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left). Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

    United States President Barack Obama (right) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left). Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo said that he would establish cooperation with social media companies to assist the government on terrorism prevention in Indonesia. It was suggested by Jokowi who is the first speaker at a discussion on counterterrorism at the US-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, California, the United States, Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

    The President conveyed his suggestion on using the social media to face extremism and the calls to join the foreign terrorist fighters. The FTF recruitments have been widely carried out via social media. “Therefore, we have to cooperate with social media [companies] to spread peace and tolerance as a counter-narrative [strategy],” said President Jokowi.

    The message was conveyed by the President during his visit at the Silicon Valley, in the “Indonesia Digital Initiative: Empowering Leaders of Peace” session, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. “I encourage Your Excellencies to join me in providing narative through social media on moderation, tolerance and peace,” he said.

    Many countries have been facing the same issues on the FTF. There are 329 Indonesian citizens who are joining the FTF in Suriah. The number is relatively small compared to the number of Indonesian citizens of 252 million.

    DEWI RINA (CALIFORNIA)