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Reports: Mark Zuckerberg to visit Indonesia to discuss fake news

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, January 18, 2017  /  04:25 pm
Reports: Mark Zuckerberg to visit Indonesia to discuss fake news

Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, speaks at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 19. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly visit Jakarta at the end of the month to meet with Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara to discuss the spread of fake news on the social network.

The minister previously shared his plans to meet with representatives of popular social network platforms in Indonesia such as Twitter and Facebook to actively prevent the spread of hoaxes.

According to kompas.comRudiantara has discussed the matter with Twitter representatives and is now seeking to meet with Facebook.

“It's confirmed. [Facebook representatives] will come [to Indonesia] by the end of this month,” he said. 

News outlets have previously reported that Zuckerberg himself will attend the meeting.

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The discussion is said to include ways to prevent the spread of hoaxes and stopping them from going viral. The government was reportedly also considering imposing sanctions in the form of fees on social networks that failed to prevent the spread of fake content.

"Germany plans to issue a regulation for such a sanction fee that reaches Rp 7 billion [US$524,817] per hoax," said Rudiantara.

Even in the United States, Facebook and Twitter have been deemed responsible for the spread of fake news during the recent US presidential campaign period. (wir/kes)

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UPDATE: Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara has clarified that Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, would not attend the meeting.