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Many Indonesians unable to identify online misinformation: Survey

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, November 29, 2020   /  05:51 pm
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Many Indonesians are unable to identify false information on social media and tend not to verify what they read or hear online, a recent nationwide survey has found.(Shutterstock/Kunst Bilder)

Many Indonesians are unable to identify false information on social media and tend not to verify what they read or hear online, a recent nationwide survey has found. The survey, conducted by the Communications and Information Ministry and Jakarta-based Katadata Insight Center (KIC), found that between 64 and 79 percent of 1,670 random respondents throughout Indonesia could not recognize misinformation online, even though it had been debunked by the ministry. These respondents either simply believed the misinformation or were unsure about its validity. Between 21 and 36 percent of respondents were able to distinguish misinformation from facts. “The results show that the public is still not proficient at identifying false information even though people are likely getting more exposed to the internet,” KIC research director Mulya Amri said recently. The survey p...