TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Following its recently controversial tweet, owner of Twitter handle @kurawa threatened media companies that are planning to take legal action. On January 5, 2020, @kurawa tweeted accusing four online news media; kompas.com, detik.com, liputan6.com, and kumparan.com of being paid by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to release news to improve his image.
Following strong opposition and threats of legal lawsuit from Kompas.com and Kumparan.com, @kurawa countered by referring to its online influence towards internet followers, which in past cases, was able to create a massive movement and adverse effects against certain entity.
"News media that insist on taking the legal route, don't forget that the power of internet citizens [netizen] in the previous case: once the massive uninstall movement or [playstore bad-rating scheme] is commenced, the losses are countless," @kurawa tweeted on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Initially, Kurawa highlighted how the abovementioned news agencies handled the reporting of Jakarta administration's collective work at East Jakarta on Sunday, January 5, 2020. According to @kurawa, the news reports from the four news agencies had tended to praise the Governor for his participation in the event.
The Twitter persona who's real name is Rudi Valinka, then accused the four news agencies of being under Anies Baswedan's payroll. Kompas.com and Kumparan.com have tweeted their rebuttal while liputan6.com and detik.com called Kurawa's allegation as "seriously false."