WATCH: Jakarta cop throws himself on hood of car to stop it for traffic violation

This is the second time in recent months we’ve seen an Indonesian police officer put his body on the line to stop a traffic violator, but this latest incident ended in quite an unexpected way. 

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2 ladies aggressively fighting over rendang during wedding party is peak Indonesia (Video)

2 ladies aggressively fighting over rendang during wedding party is peak Indonesia (Video)

Rendang: the world’s best dish (kinda), totally not crispy, and now the breaker of cordiality at wedding parties.

Viral: Parents in Indonesia give their baby 5 cups of coffee a day because they say they can’t afford milk

Viral: Parents in Indonesia give their baby 5 cups of coffee a day because they say they can’t afford milk

Milk is considered essential to the health and nutrition of infants, but for those living in poverty in Indonesia, it can seem an unattainable luxury, as highlighted by a story...

Indonesian singer Tiga Setia Gara says she’s been abused by husband in the US in viral plea for help video

Indonesian singer Tiga Setia Gara says she’s been abused by husband in the US in viral plea for help video

Indonesian diplomats in the US have been alerted to possible domestic abuse suffered by an Indonesian celebrity in Ohio.

He’s sickle of it: Indonesian student brings weapon to school demanding confiscated phone back (Video)

He’s sickle of it: Indonesian student brings weapon to school demanding confiscated phone back (Video)

Many kids are practically inseparable from their phones these days, but one junior high school student from Gunungkidul in Central Java took that attachment to an extreme new...

4 victims in fatal car crash in E. Java joked about crashing in video taken moments before collision 

4 victims in fatal car crash in E. Java joked about crashing in video taken moments before collision 

A video authorities confirmed was taken moments before a fatal car crash in East Java has gone viral in Indonesia, showing the interaction between four friends in the car before...

Viral: Moto taxi driver who rides a bike to deliver food after his motorcycle broke down moves netizens to start fundraiser

Viral: Moto taxi driver who rides a bike to deliver food after his motorcycle broke down moves netizens to start fundraiser

It’s been two months since Eko Susilo, a motorcycle taxi driver for a ride-sharing service (locally known as ojek online or ojol for short) last rode his motorcycle, which he...

Police arrest motorcyclist after viral video shows him attacking pedestrian on Jakarta sidewalk

Police arrest motorcyclist after viral video shows him attacking pedestrian on Jakarta sidewalk

Motorcyclists driving on sidewalks are a common sight in Jakarta, but there may be renewed public outrage — or, at least, a renewed law enforcement drive — against them after...

Indonesian man accused of stealing wedges his way down between buildings to escape angry mob (Video)

Indonesian man accused of stealing wedges his way down between buildings to escape angry mob (Video)

An Indonesian man from the island of Batam has been dubbed “Spider-Man” by local media outlets, though, if the accusations against him are true, he would be quite the opposite...

MUI pans college student’s viral dissertation arguing that premarital sex should be permissible in Islam

MUI pans college student’s viral dissertation arguing that premarital sex should be permissible in Islam

In any religion, certain texts and rules are open to various interpretations. But most Muslims around the world would accept the idea that sex outside of marriage is a sinful act,...


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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.