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Island focus: Crackdown on online radicalism intensified

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:45 am

The Communications and Information Ministry has intensified its effort to identify and block online content related to radicalism and terrorism in the wake of a series of terror attacks in Surabaya, East Java, and other regions.

“I have given the instruction to monitor the content of websites using a crawling method every two hours. Should we find suspicious content, we will block it right away,” Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara said after a meeting with representatives of social media platforms on Tuesday.

He added that the crawling was expected to yield results, even if there were few websites with radical content. The government is searching for content that is deemed provocative, promotes terrorism or exacerbates the current state of terror.

The ministry said that, as of Tuesday, it had blocked social media accounts for spreading terror-rela...