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Jakarta Post

Social media heightens street crime fears

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  12:53 am

While acknowledging that some reports of street crime that have recently gone viral on the internet are genuine, the Jakarta Police has warned netizens not to uncritically accept every piece of information circulating on social media, as many may be misleading.Photos and videos of brawls between alleged members of motorcycle gangs have recently caused concern among Jakarta residents and commuters. Amid the concern over possible misinformation, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono reassured the public, saying that many photos and videos circulating on social media were of crimes that actually took place several months ago, and several incidents took place in regions outside Java, he said. “Many photos and videos that recently went viral on social media are re-uploads of incidents that occurred years ago. Those who regularly commute to and from Jakarta don’t need to worry,”...