Where Memes Could Destroy: Indonesia’s Worsening Dilemma Of Fake News. We n belated November, Indonesian social-media activist Ulin Yusron found himself depicted in a meme.

Where Memes Could Destroy: Indonesia’s Worsening Dilemma Of Fake News. We n belated November, Indonesian social-media activist Ulin Yusron found himself depicted in a meme.

We n late November, Indonesian social-media activist Ulin Yusron found himself depicted in a meme. The image, which went viral, falsely portrayed the long-haired journalist that is male Amalia Ayuningtyas — a female election volunteer for the governor of Jakarta. The picture, the writing stated, had been of Amalia immodestly casting down her typical hijab. It asked: “Where’s the Veil??”

Jakarta’s Christian and governor that is ethnically chinese Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly referred to as Ahok — is just a target for hard-line Muslims, who’ve successfully forced the authorities to place him on test for blasphemy. It isn’t astonishing that memes are increasingly being produced that seek to depict the Muslim volunteers in their camp as irreligious and profane.

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“once I first saw it, I became in a position to laugh,” Ulin informs TIME concerning the picture collage. “But down the road, it became so problematic since there had been those who thought it … [The meme] ended up being available for quite a while, and I also became sick and tired of explaining it.”

Hoaxes similar to this, and fake news things in basic, have grown to be a massive issue in Indonesia in current months, coinciding because of the hotly contested Jakarta gubernatorial election campaign. To be certain, the sharing of fake news on social networking has added to tension that is political many countries — by one estimate, it produced more social-media engagement than genuine news through the U.S. presidential election in November — however in Indonesia, using its current incidences of domestic terrorism, as well as its long and bloody reputation for anticommunist, anti-Christian and anti-Chinese pogroms, inflaming cultural and governmental tensions is possibly lethal. (more…)

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