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Jakarta Post

Religious conservative narrative dominates social media spaces in Indonesia

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 17, 2020   /  09:17 am
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A recent study by researchers from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) has found that religious conservative narratives have dominated online conversations, particularly on Twitter, in recent years in Indonesia, a country that has seen a growing use of social media and the rise of conservatism in society. The research, conducted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society’s (PPIM) Media and Religious Trends in Indonesia (MERIT) program, showed that conservative narratives accounted for 67 percent of the conversations about religious topics on Twitter, far higher than those of moderate narratives at 22.2 percent. Narratives that held liberal views, meanwhile, accounted for 6.1 percent and Islamist perspectives 4.5 percent, according to the study, which combed through Twitter data between 2009 and 2019 and interviewed public figures and prominent social medi...