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Unfriend, unfollow: The rise of intolerance unveiled in social media

  • Camelia Pasandaran

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 15 2016   /  08:51 am

There is no need to go onto the street to see how citizens of this country have developed intolerance against those with opposing views. One can just go onto Twitter and Facebook to see how the rising inability to accept differences is reflected in one click: unfriend or unfollow.

This is a relatively new phenomenon in Indonesia, which can be traced back to the 2014 presidential election. Many decide to unfriend and unfollow, block their ex-friends, even break up with their boy or girlfriends for several reasons.

Among other reasons was because of posting statuses endorsing unfavorable candidates, the use of harsh tones, and the boredom of seeing the opinion of the growing number of amateur “political experts” on social media.

Regardless of the fact that both the winners and losers showed their willingness to accept the election result and made peace with one an...