‘Not bullets, just an egg’: Indonesian artists pay tribute to ‘Egg Boy’ Will Connolly

Tributes have been pouring in from all over the world for Australian teenager Will Connolly AKA Egg Boy, not least from the world’s largest Muslim nation where his egging of racist senator Fraser Anning has come to symbolize peace and anti-Islamophobia.

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Hundreds donate to fundraiser for Indonesian father and toddler injured in New Zealand mosque shootings

Hundreds donate to fundraiser for Indonesian father and toddler injured in New Zealand mosque shootings

A fundraiser on GoFundMe for an Indonesian man and his 2-year-old son, both of whom were hospitalized after the horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New...

Viral: Indonesian politician climbs cell phone tower to save man who threatened to jump after losing his daughter

Viral: Indonesian politician climbs cell phone tower to save man who threatened to jump after losing his daughter

Talking someone out of committing suicide is not a politician’s job, but the deputy regent of Purwakarta in the Indonesian province of West Java has been lauded a hero for doing...

Prabowo’s camp tries to spin viral anger video with #JanganDorongRakyat (Don’t Push the People)

Prabowo’s camp tries to spin viral anger video with #JanganDorongRakyat (Don’t Push the People)

The video shows the presidential candidate flashes anger toward one of his bodyguards — slapping at his arm, pointing his finger, angrily yelling and then finally grabbing his...

Viral: Bystanders nonchalantly film police shootout from yards away in Indonesia

Viral: Bystanders nonchalantly film police shootout from yards away in Indonesia

The man in the video allegedly intended to burn down the bank because he was ‘inspired by action films’, police said

Muslim cleric investigated after telling supporters Jokowi will ‘legalize adultery’ and destroy country

Muslim cleric investigated after telling supporters Jokowi will ‘legalize adultery’ and destroy country

Police say the ustaz was referring to the Bill on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU P-KS) that is currently being considered by parliament and sermons by other Muslim...

Paw-dorable politics: Cat communities hold competition to find look-alike for Prabowo’s cat Bobby

Paw-dorable politics: Cat communities hold competition to find look-alike for Prabowo’s cat Bobby

If presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto wins the election on April 17, then Bobby The Cat will become the country’s First Feline.

Phone thief in Indonesia shows off earnings on Tik Tok, cries and fakes being possessed when arrested

Phone thief in Indonesia shows off earnings on Tik Tok, cries and fakes being possessed when arrested

An alleged phone thief has been arrested in the North Sumatra capital of Medan after he flaunted his ill-gotten wealth on social media.

Viral: Woman in PKS uniform says Jokowi will ‘remove religious studies’ from schools if re-elected

Viral: Woman in PKS uniform says Jokowi will ‘remove religious studies’ from schools if re-elected

A video of a woman in South Sulawesi campaigning against President Joko Widodo, allegedly by spreading falsehoods about the incumbent, has gone viral recently, just one week after...

16 y.o. and 14 y.o. run away after parents refuse their marriage, come home after they are allowed to wed

16 y.o. and 14 y.o. run away after parents refuse their marriage, come home after they are allowed to wed

City officials said they disapproved of the marriage but “couldn’t do much” because the wedding took place outside their jurisdiction


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Coconuts Jakarta Viral

Jakarta has often been described as the social media capital of the world thanks to the high proportion of social media users in a city with a population of around 15 million (and over 30 million if Jakarta’s satellite cities are included). It’s no surprise then that social media traffic is incredibly high in Jakarta, with people happily sharing anything from news to memes and even fake stories, which are so prevalent that the English word “hoax” has been adapted into the local language to describe any unverifiable and false viral stories on social media (though locally, it’s pronounced ho-axe). But false or not, and for better or worse, stories spreading like wildfire are a very common occurrence in Jakartan and Indonesian social media spheres. What results from this phenomenon is, for a lack of a better term, a know-it-all society that isn’t exactly well informed. There are, however, laws in Indonesia to keep viral stories in check, especially fake stories that may be defamatory towards other people. The Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE) was designed to prevent any form of cyber bullying, though its ambiguous interpretations have been used to criminalize those whose social media conduct is the least bit offensive.