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Jakarta Post

Police question teenager for Facebook comment

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 6, 2017   /   11:05 pm
Police question teenager for Facebook comment The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad. (AP/Matt Rourke, File)

Bekasi Police brought in a 15-year-old identified only as BBS from his home in Kaliabang, North Bekasi, on Monday, after receiving a formal complaint from a group who claimed the boy had posted a comment on his Facebook page that offended their religion.

The group reportedly surrounded BBS’s house after discovering the social media post.

“This is not considered an act of persecution because there were no signs of intimidation from the group,” said Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Hero Bahtiar. “We came directly to [BBS’s home] and brought him to the police station.”

Hero pointed out that BBS’s case was different from that of PMA, a 15-year-old resident of Cipinang Muara, East Jakarta, who had been harassed and intimidated by alleged members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). The incident was filmed and the video went viral on social media.

Hero said BBS admitted that his Facebook post had been a spontaneous response to another comment made on the social media platform.  

The case has been reported to the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI).

Police decided to release BBS back to his family after the received counseling, Hero said.

However, the case will proceed with mobile phone screenshots as preliminary evidence.