Gov't Lifts Social Media Curbs Targeting Hoaxes during Riot

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Government on Saturday, May 24, lifted temporary restrictions on some social media functions aimed at stopping online hoaxes during recent violence linked to the announcement of official election results, a communications ministry official said.

    "Social media had returned to normal," the ministry's information applications director-general, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, told a news conference.

    The restrictions came into force on Wednesday, May 23, after rioting broke out in several areas in Jakarta on May 22 following protests against the victory of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in last month's poll.

    Eight people were killed and more than 900 hurt, with authorities blaming fake stories spread online for inflaming tensions.

    REUTERS

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