Indonesia lifts social media curbs targeting hoaxes during recent unrest

Reuters Jakarta May 25, 2019, 05.20 PM(IST)

A woman stands in front of a riot-police's barricade after a riot outside Indonesia's Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters following the announcement of last month's presidential election results in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the ministry`s information applications director general, told a news conference that social media had returned to normal.

Indonesia on Saturday 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.

Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the ministry`s information applications director general, told a news conference that social media had returned to normal.

The restrictions came into force on Wednesday after rioting broke out in the Indonesian capital following protests against the victory of President Joko 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.