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Indonesian fisherman thinks he caught a ‘big one’ during contest, turns out to be human corpse

Indonesian fisherman thinks he caught a ‘big one’ during contest, turns out to be human corpse

The Citarum River in Java is infamous for being one of the most polluted waterways in the world. The Indonesian government is trying to turn the state of the Citarum around...

Papuan university students proudly wear traditional ‘koteka’ (penis sheaths) to school to show cultural pride

Papuan university students proudly wear traditional ‘koteka’ (penis sheaths) to school to show cultural pride

That's a lot of pride.

French man issues apology to Muslims after video of angry rant about mosque loudspeakers goes viral

French man issues apology to Muslims after video of angry rant about mosque loudspeakers goes viral

Blaming it on anger and a lack of knowledge about Bahasa Indonesia, French national Frank Jean Pierre Schulthess issued a video apology to the Muslim people for his angry rant...

WATCH: Man ‘bathes’ in cash-filled bathtub, promises to donate money to needy for Ramadan

WATCH: Man ‘bathes’ in cash-filled bathtub, promises to donate money to needy for Ramadan

Ramadan blessing usually comes in the form of spiritual enlightenment for Muslims, but for this guy, it supposedly came in the form of so much cash that he could bathe in it.

Viral: Elementary school students in S. Sulawesi risk lives crossing raging river just to get to school

Viral: Elementary school students in S. Sulawesi risk lives crossing raging river just to get to school

Why is this still a thing in Indonesia?

Lion Air crew accused of escalating bomb joke into dangerous panic through poor handling

Lion Air crew accused of escalating bomb joke into dangerous panic through poor handling

If true, looks like there's plenty of blame to spread around for this clusterf*ck

Panicked Lion Air passengers open emergency door and jump off still running engine over bomb scare

Panicked Lion Air passengers open emergency door and jump off still running engine over bomb scare

WTF Indonesia

FBR circular asking for Eid bonus goes viral, leader says it was only ‘for fun’ but they’d still accept money

FBR circular asking for Eid bonus goes viral, leader says it was only ‘for fun’ but they’d still accept money

The Eid bonus is really just a nice way of saying, “give us money or face the consequences.”

Islamic Defenders Front, accompanied by police, physically restrain and harass transwomen in W. Java (Video)

Islamic Defenders Front, accompanied by police, physically restrain and harass transwomen in W. Java (Video)

As upsetting as it is that Islamic hardliner groups can do something like this, its even more disturbing that they were allowed to do so with police present.


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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.