Watch: Mob in Batam flips over car after mistakenly thinking it’s an ‘online taxi’

While ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab (locally known as “online taxi” in Indonesia) recently had many of the legal constraints placed upon them by the government removed by a surprising Supreme Court decision, there are evidently still those who are less than thrilled about their presence.

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This badass mural of Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti as Wonder Woman is pretty much perfect

This badass mural of Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti as Wonder Woman is pretty much perfect

Wonder Susi for President!

Heartbreaking photo of woman carrying her dead baby on public transport goes viral, hospital denies not providing transport

Heartbreaking photo of woman carrying her dead baby on public transport goes viral, hospital denies not providing transport

The grief from losing one’s child is unimaginable, but one hospital in Bandar Lampung has been accused of making it even more unbearable for one woman after they allegedly...

VIRAL: Underground statue’s unearthed head sorta resembles Pennywise and Indonesians are freaking out about IT

VIRAL: Underground statue’s unearthed head sorta resembles Pennywise and Indonesians are freaking out about IT

It was just there, under the ground, waiting to be found....

VIRAL: Indonesian netizens are going nuts for these creepy comfy pocong body pillows from Thailand

VIRAL: Indonesian netizens are going nuts for these creepy comfy pocong body pillows from Thailand

Would you ever sleep with a pocong?

VIRAL: Horrifying dangdut stage act emulating domestic violence condemned by netizens

VIRAL: Horrifying dangdut stage act emulating domestic violence condemned by netizens

Dangdut, that uniquely Indonesian melding of folk tunes and traditional pop, is arguably the most popular genre in the country. Despite the country’s conservative bent, it is...

VIRAL: Photo of elderly woman being sexually harassed on Jakarta public minivan draws outrage on social media

VIRAL: Photo of elderly woman being sexually harassed on Jakarta public minivan draws outrage on social media

“Oh Lord, how could he do something like that, I’m already a (grandmother).”

Viral: This amazing shot of a seahorse tugging a cotton swab is the newest iconic image of Indonesia’s marine pollution crisis

Viral: This amazing shot of a seahorse tugging a cotton swab is the newest iconic image of Indonesia’s marine pollution crisis

While Indonesia possesses a vast wealth of marine biodiversity, water pollution continues unchecked in much of the country’s waters. This stunning photo by American photographer...

Viral video shows man slapping female driver on toll road during traffic dispute, police urge victim to file report

Viral video shows man slapping female driver on toll road during traffic dispute, police urge victim to file report

Recently, a video showing a middle-aged man slapping a female driver during a dispute on the Jakarta-Tangerang toll road went viral online, with many netizens calling for the man...

Bride and groom in Indonesia donate all the money they received at their wedding to Rohingya refugee charity

Bride and groom in Indonesia donate all the money they received at their wedding to Rohingya refugee charity

The recent violence against the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar has sparked enormous outrage in Muslim-majority Indonesia, where large-scale protests against the Burmese...


 

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.