Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | 06:02 WIB

Gov’t Throttles Bandwidth in Papua to Curb the Spreading of Fake News

Gov't Throttles Bandwidth in Papua to Curb the Spreading of Fake News (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information Technology says it is throttling or slowing down access/bandwidth in some areas of Papua. This was done due to protests that led to riots on Monday (8/19/2019).

Ferdinandus Setu, acting Head of Public Information Bureau at the Ministry of Communication and Information, said the slowdown in internet access was carried out in connection with demonstrations in Manokwari, Jayapura, and several other places.

"The throttling of access has been carried out gradually since Monday (8/19/2019) at 13:00 Indonesian Eastern Time," Ferdinandus said on Tuesday (8/20/2019).

Furthermore, he continued that the situation in Papua region was already conducive. Therefore, starting Monday night (20:30 local time), telecommunications access had been normalized again.

Ferdinandus explained that the reason for throttling was to prevent the spreading of fake news.

"We can say that the purpose of throttling is to prevent the widespread spreading of fake news that can trigger protests," he said.

According to Ferdinandus, so far the Ministry of Communication and Information has identified two fake news.

"The first fake news a photo showing a person from Papua that was beaten to death by officials in Surabaya and the second fake news said that the Surabaya Police had kidnapped two food delivery people while delivering food to Papua students," Nando explained.

For this reason, the Ministry of Communication and Information urges the public not to spread fake news, disinformation, and any form of hate speech which can endanger the unity and integrity of our nation.