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Jakarta Post

A net rude awakening

  • Editorial board


Jakarta   /   Mon, March 1 2021   /  01:00 am
Stop hurting me: A young woman weeps in front of a computer in this photo to illustrate cyberbullying. Aware of the negative consequences of bullying, social media platforms have launched features to prevent it.(Shutterstock/Sam Wordley)

Indonesia counts among the rudest nations on Earth when it comes to the internet and social media usage, according to Microsoft. Granted, it’s a survey involving only 16,000 respondents in 32 countries, but Indonesians rank 29th along with Mexicans in the 2020 Microsoft Civility Index published last week. We can take heart that Russians and South Africans are worse than we are. Considering what we see in our cyberspace, this news should not come as shocking to internet users in the country. What rankled many Indonesian netizens is their wounded national pride; that when it comes to online civility, we should come behind neighbors Singapore (fourth-most civil), Australia (seventh), Malaysia (10th), the Philippines (13th), Thailand (19th) and Vietnam (24th). Not surprisingly, their response was swift and at times, rude. According to a CNN report, Microsoft closed the comme...