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In KPK saga, the growing power of social media

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 10 2012   /  09:55 am

When President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono addressed the nation over the standoff between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police, he credited social media a means to gauge public opinion.

“I followed developments on social media as well as the text messages that I received and all accused me of being idle and doing nothing about the problem,” Yudhoyono said in his speech on Wednesday evening.

The credit is due. Social media, especially the popular microblogging site Twitter, has been the loudest in voicing demands for Yudho-yono to interfere in the standoff.

Through hashtags like #SaveKPK, #DimanaSBY #KemanaPresidenKita (KPK), Twitter users can send messages ranging from rally calls to form a human chain at the KPK headquarters to making derisive comments about Yudhoyono.

“Yudhoyono’s statement showed that the government has ...