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Police to stamp 'Hoax' on unreliable news online

Jakarta Post - January 12, 2017

Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta In fighting against rampant fake news circulating online, the National Police have issued a special sign to declare certain information unreliable.

National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said that the police would stamp "Hoax" on any unverified news circulating on the internet.

"We are looking at news and information circulating on social media in particular. After studying the [news or information] we will put the stamp on any content deemed unreliable," Rikwanto told a discussion in Jakarta on Thursday.

Rikwanto said such a policy was risky as it would undoubtedly raise protest. He, however, ensured that the police would be professional and fair.

"This move will hopefully help the public identify what information or news is trustworthy and what is not because there is a lot of unreliable and misleading information circulating online," he emphasized.

Rikwanto said the police have recorded 2,600 cases of cybercrime, 400 of which were cases related to the production and distribution of fake news by individuals.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/12/police-to-stamp-hoax-on-unreliable-news-online.html.

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