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Jakarta Post

Politics popular among Twitter users

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6 2018   /  12:55 am

As the 2019 elections near, politics has quickly dominated daily conversations in the social media sphere.

Social media giant Twitter identified politics as one of the most talked about topics among Indonesian users throughout 2018, along with sports, entertainment and petty jokes.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) formalized the presidential candidacies of incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo alongside Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno in September, marking the beginning of the 2019 presidential election, slated for April 17.

“Political topics, apart from current news, sport and entertainment, were often trending topics on Indonesian timelines, particularly when something significant occurred,” Twitter Indonesia public policy head Agung Yudha said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The political occasions that dominated the trendi...