2 boys in Indonesia told to sleep in graveyard as punishment for dressing up as pocongs to spook people

Two boys in Indonesia got a taste of the pocong life (or death, as it were) after their attempt to emulate a ghostly prank they saw on social media went terribly wrong.

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Blasphemy or comedy? Indonesian netizens divided over cooking video mixing pork with dates

Blasphemy or comedy? Indonesian netizens divided over cooking video mixing pork with dates

Cooking pork with dates is probably nothing more than a form of culinary expression in most parts of the world, but here in Indonesia it has sparked debates about blasphemy...

Watch: Car tries to slalom around tight bend, crashes into public toilet, injuring occupant

Watch: Car tries to slalom around tight bend, crashes into public toilet, injuring occupant

It takes a certain kind of “special” to attempt a dangerous car stunt on a tight bend — and a busy one at that.

’Til diesel do us part: Gas station in Indonesia transformed into wedding venue (Photos)

’Til diesel do us part: Gas station in Indonesia transformed into wedding venue (Photos)

One Indonesian couple recently had a Pertamax wedding reception (Indonesian motorists should get that) by holding it at a gas station of all places, photos of which have gone...

Pocky challenge at mall’s K-Pop event leads to LGBT panic in Indonesia

Pocky challenge at mall’s K-Pop event leads to LGBT panic in Indonesia

Who knew the tasty candy-coated biscuit stick treat could be the delicious vehicle of such immorality?

Stray bullet pierces employee’s hijab, narrowly misses lawmaker in shooting at Parliament building

Stray bullet pierces employee’s hijab, narrowly misses lawmaker in shooting at Parliament building

Two people likely came within inches of certain death at an office tower in Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR) complex in Jakarta yesterday when, according to police,...

No honor in politicizing children: Boy scouts led to anti-Jokowi chant in viral video

No honor in politicizing children: Boy scouts led to anti-Jokowi chant in viral video

They may be knot-tying experts, but most members of the Indonesian Scout Movement (Pramuka) are nowhere near old enough to vote.

Indonesian cop shot with arrow in the eye during riot in Papua, casually walks away (Video)

Indonesian cop shot with arrow in the eye during riot in Papua, casually walks away (Video)

Being a member of the riot police is undoubtedly one of the riskiest jobs on the force.

Ratna Sarumpaet admits to lying about assault: ‘I never imagined such stupidity’

Ratna Sarumpaet admits to lying about assault: ‘I never imagined such stupidity’

Well, it looks like many in Indonesia, including presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, got punk’d by Ratna Sarumpaet.

Viral experiment says flammable instant coffee contains gunpowder, food monitoring agency calls hoax

Viral experiment says flammable instant coffee contains gunpowder, food monitoring agency calls hoax

Does instant coffee powder burn when you set it on fire? Indeed it does.


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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.