Indonesian YouTuber makes monkeys consume energy drink, eat chili in series of abuse videos

An Indonesian YouTuber who has uploaded videos of himself abusing his pet monkeys has outraged netizens in the country, who are also calling people to mass report his account.  

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Shaky doctor steals the show at President Jokowi’s vaccination

Shaky doctor steals the show at President Jokowi’s vaccination

Prof. Abdul Muthalib, the presidential doctor who injected Indonesian President Joko Widodo with the CoronaVac vaccine this morning, is now under the spotlight thanks to his shaky...

Authorities shut Waterboom Cikarang waterpark after discounted tickets drew huge crowd

Authorities shut Waterboom Cikarang waterpark after discounted tickets drew huge crowd

Authorities have temporarily closed Waterboom Lippo Cikarang, a waterpark in Bekasi regency, West Java after discounted tickets attracted a huge crowd yesterday, as seen in a...

Social Affairs Minister Risma accused of being a drama queen amid alleged staged ‘blusukan’ stunt

Social Affairs Minister Risma accused of being a drama queen amid alleged staged ‘blusukan’ stunt

The once-popular popularity-boosting method of blusukan may be outdated in Indonesia with the ridicule of a recent stunt involving newly-appointed Social Affairs Minister Tri...

Michael Yukinobu de Fretes, man in alleged leaked sex tape with Indonesian celeb Gisel, apologizes to public

Michael Yukinobu de Fretes, man in alleged leaked sex tape with Indonesian celeb Gisel, apologizes to public

Despite overwhelming public belief that neither should be prosecuted over the leak of their private sex tape, police are pressing ahead with their investigation of singer/actress...

Underwater drone found by fisherman in Indonesia raises espionage alarm

Underwater drone found by fisherman in Indonesia raises espionage alarm

Politicians in Indonesia are calling for the nation to strengthen its maritime defense after the discovery of an underwater drone, suspected to be from China, has people worried...

Indonesian celeb Gisel charged with violation of pornography law over alleged sex tape leak

Indonesian celeb Gisel charged with violation of pornography law over alleged sex tape leak

It has become evident that the law couldn’t move on from what is arguably the Indonesia’s biggest sex scandal of the year after the Jakarta Metro Police today named...

Viral posts show chaos and confusion at Soekarno-Hatta Airport as new quarantine rules enforced on int’l travelers

Viral posts show chaos and confusion at Soekarno-Hatta Airport as new quarantine rules enforced on int’l travelers

International travelers packed the Soekarno-Hatta Airport yesterday, several viral social media posts have shown, which was said to be the result of last-minute policy changes to...

Indonesian ghost ‘kuntilanak’ spotted hitching ride on backseat of motorcycle

Indonesian ghost ‘kuntilanak’ spotted hitching ride on backseat of motorcycle

What is Indonesia without the occasional penampakan (ghost sightings) stories every once in a while? Some, like this one, may seem more genuine than others. 

Indonesians are loving (and somehow believing) that a ‘triceratops’ has arrived at a recreational park in East Java

Indonesians are loving (and somehow believing) that a ‘triceratops’ has arrived at a recreational park in East Java

A video showing a triceratops (yes, the dinosaur) being unloaded from a truck has become a source of amusement and wonder for Indonesians on social media lately, prompting...


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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.