Kominfo to Ban Political Ads on Social Media during Recess

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  • The Director General of Applications and Information of the Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo), Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan. TEMPO/Francisca Christy Rosana

    The Director General of Applications and Information of the Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo), Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan. TEMPO/Francisca Christy Rosana

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo) announced it would prohibit political campaign ads across social media platforms during the presidential election’s campaign recess from April 14-16, 2019.

    “In the real world, any form of political ad is banned, we are intent on imposing that regulation across the cyberspace,” said Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, Kominfo’s Director General of Applications and Information on Monday, March 25.

    He reminded that this ban applied to both presidential tickets. It also bars campaign teams and members of the general public from promoting any form of political campaign. 

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    According to Semuel, social media contents containing campaign ads will be filtered ever since its submission to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and other social media products.

    He assured the content creators of hidden campaigns would be punished if caught lying to social media platforms.

    “Society’s freedom of expression is protected. However, if those people place a paid political campaign [on social media], that is prohibited,” said Semuel. 

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