Gruesome video of gang attacking random motorists goes viral, police: they just want to hurt people

Recently, a video showing an attack on random motorcyclists by a gang of thugs in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, went viral. In the video, the thugs appear to be wielding sharp weapons as they attack unsuspecting motorcyclists on a quiet road in the middle of the

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VIRAL: Mitsubishi-loving Indonesian parents supposedly name their child Pajero Sport

“May you grow up to be a handsome boy, with soft suspension, not too loud and ergonomically

VIRAL: Mitsubishi-loving Indonesian parents supposedly name their child Pajero Sport

Celebrity cleric Arifin Ilham threatens to report satirists to police for making fun of his video about polygamy

The family of Indonesian celebrity cleric Arifin Ilham has threatened to report three people to the police for defamation after they made a satirical video in which they poked fun...

Celebrity cleric Arifin Ilham threatens to report satirists to police for making fun of his video about polygamy

Indonesian HS student says she’s receiving death threats after writing on tolerance goes viral on Facebook

An 18-year-old high school student from Banyuwangi, East Java, named Afi Nihaya Faradisa has become a celebrated figure in Indonesia recently due to her very mature outlook on...

Indonesian HS student says she’s receiving death threats after writing on tolerance goes viral on Facebook

Watch: Jokowi’s personal chef reveals the president’s ‘simple’ favorite meals and drinks

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has a reputation for being a simple everyman, often showcasing his modest side to the public by doing things like flying in...

Watch: Jokowi’s personal chef reveals the president’s ‘simple’ favorite meals and drinks

Viral: Netizens praise motorcycle taxi driver for opening up path for ambulance to get through traffic jam

"This young man helped open the path for an ambulance that was trapped in severe congestion in the Kasablanka area. You are the

Viral: Netizens praise motorcycle taxi driver for opening up path for ambulance to get through traffic jam

Viral: 3 teenagers pose for selfie in Jakarta MRT tunnel construction site

Three unidentified teenagers got an exclusive first hand look at the progress of the MRT construction in Jakarta when they posed for a rail smooth selfie in one of the subway...

Viral: 3 teenagers pose for selfie in Jakarta MRT tunnel construction site

VIRAL: This Squirtle pillow for kids in Indonesia is… well… do we have to say it?

Squirtle? Squirtle! Squirtlesquirtlesquirtlesquirtle....

VIRAL: This Squirtle pillow for kids in Indonesia is… well… do we have to say it?

Two Jakarta train passengers get into savage hair-pulling battle over seat in women-only carriage (VIDEO)

Anyone who’s taken the KRL Commuterline in Jakarta know it’s a dog-eat-dog world on board the train, especially during rush

Two Jakarta train passengers get into savage hair-pulling battle over seat in women-only carriage (VIDEO)

Plans for giant kuntilanak monster statue in Pontianak in spotlight again after Daily Mail report

Ask any Pontianak resident the meaning of the name of their city, and almost all will tell you about its dark folkloric origin involving the kuntilanak, a terrifying vampiric...

Plans for giant kuntilanak monster statue in Pontianak in spotlight again after Daily Mail report

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.