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Jakarta Post

Facebook moves to curb political content. How will this affect Indonesia?

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 4, 2021   /  06:45 pm
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A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken on March 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Facebook is scaling down political content that appears on its users’ feeds in select markets, including Indonesia, as the tech giant continues to acknowledge the impacts of its role on mobilizing political interests. Last month, Facebook announced plans to start testing the move on a small portion of users in Indonesia, Brazil, Canada and the United States, which would also include a survey that worked to understand users’ preferences for political content over the next few months. Facebook product management director Aastha Gupta said the tests excluded COVID-19 information from authoritative health organizations like the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, as well as national and regional health agencies and services from affected countries. Content from official government agencies will also be exempt. “It&r...