Saturday, 21 September 2019

Police Keep Eye on 5 Twitter Accounts Spreading Hoaxes on Papua

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  • Police officers evacuate a resident while guarding a demonstration in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Police have sent 1,200 additional officers to West Papua, Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman, told media. Mohamad Lakotani, the deputy governor of West Papua, said police reinforcements had been sent to Sorong, Manokwari and Fakfak. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

    Police officers evacuate a resident while guarding a demonstration in Mimika, Papua, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Police have sent 1,200 additional officers to West Papua, Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman, told media. Mohamad Lakotani, the deputy governor of West Papua, said police reinforcements had been sent to Sorong, Manokwari and Fakfak. ANTARA FOTO/Sevianto Pakiding

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe National Police have discovered five Twitter accounts that allegedly disseminated hoaxes that ignited the riots in Papua and West Papua. 

    “For Twitter there are at least five additional accounts, and several more from Instagram and YouTube. The police’s Criminal Investigation Department’s (Bareskrim) Cyber Crime Directorate is still profiling them,” said National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo.

    Dedi said most of the accounts were anonymous, thus making it somewhat difficult for the police to track them down. Dedi, however, was upbeat the police would soon obtain their identities and arrest them.

    He added the police were encountering difficulties in monitoring WhatsApp groups for hoaxes. “[Monitoring] WhatsApp groups requires special treatments, it is different from social media. On social media, we can directly profile the account owners,” he said.

    Earlier reports said an array of hoaxes were rife regarding the the arrest of a number of Papuan college students in Surabaya. Some of the hoaxes said a Papuan student was killed an others were arrested by force.

     

    ANDITA RAHMA