Man wearing nothing but koteka (penis sheath) climbs huge Jakarta billboard to protest against organ trafficking

If you passed Slipi around midday today, you may have spotted this unusual sight: https://twittercom/TMCPoldaMetro/status/836447099528986624 https://twittercom/TMCPoldaMetro/status/836447493814525952 Not much was known about the daring billboard climber, other than the fact that he was holding an Indonesian flag and that he was wearing nothing but a koteka, which is a traditional Papuan penis sheath He...

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Brutal Valentine’s Day brawl between students from rival Jakarta schools leaves one dead

Brawls between students from different schools are unfortunately not uncommon in Jakarta and Indonesia Much more serious than playground roughhousing, these fights often involve...

Brutal Valentine’s Day brawl between students from rival Jakarta schools leaves one dead

Indonesian netizens cry anti-China conspiracy after seeing sign that reads “Indochina”

Here’s a tip for anyone who likes to rage on social media about things they don’t fully comprehend: don’t That also applies to regular subscribers of conspiracy theories...

Indonesian netizens cry anti-China conspiracy after seeing sign that reads “Indochina”

28-year-old man falls in love with woman who called him accidentally, finds out she’s 82, still decides to marry her

They say love works in mysterious ways Sometimes, that is an understatement Sofian Loho Dandel is a 28-year-old man living on Mantehage Island in the North Minahasa regency of...

28-year-old man falls in love with woman who called him accidentally, finds out she’s 82, still decides to marry her

Woman asks official Tax Directorate Twitter if she can get a job there, reply: you don’t want to just become a tax official’s wife?

Many government agencies in Indonesia have social media accounts now, providing the public with another way to interact and get information from them Most are quite dull and...

Woman asks official Tax Directorate Twitter if she can get a job there, reply: you don’t want to just become a tax official’s wife?

VIRAL: Brave Jakarta sanitation workers dive into pools of shit to unclog drains jammed with our trash

It should go without saying that, no matter what preventative measures the government builds to keep Jakarta from flooding, it will all be for nothing if the citizens don’t play...

VIRAL: Brave Jakarta sanitation workers dive into pools of shit to unclog drains jammed with our trash

Viral video of students beheading a chicken during bloody protest against Jokowi now being investigated by police

  One of the strongest signs that Indonesia is now a true democracy is that freedom of speech, especially the freedom to criticize our leaders, is protected by the...

Viral video of students beheading a chicken during bloody protest against Jokowi now being investigated by police

VIRAL: New meme video makes the case for why Trump should make “America First, Indonesia Second”

Terrified countries around the world, slowly accepting the horrifying reality that is Donald Trump really-for-real being the president of the United States, have each been making...

VIRAL: New meme video makes the case for why Trump should make “America First, Indonesia Second”

Viral: Police escort allegedly attacks civilians’ cars to force them to make way for Constitutional Court judge’s motorcade

It was only recently that the RI 1 presidential car – arguably the most important car in Indonesia – became a viral darling after being photographed waiting in traffic jams...

Viral: Police escort allegedly attacks civilians’ cars to force them to make way for Constitutional Court judge’s motorcade

North Sumatra governor panned for using state owned helicopter to attend wedding after selfie goes viral

North Sumatra Governor Tengku Erry Nuradi has recently joined the not-so-esteemed list of Indonesian politicians allegedly misusing their authority for personal gain – all...

North Sumatra governor panned for using state owned helicopter to attend wedding after selfie goes viral

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.