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Asean experts in infowars

In Indonesia on 13/10/2019 at 10:48 am

(Two excerpts from a very long BBC article)

No, the Asean experts in infowars are not our our very own Terry’s Online Channel or Kirsten Han and PJ Thum minister who are minister Shan’s demons (Praying for minister Shan), but the Indonesian govt.

Indonesia’s Papua province has become the focus of a well-funded social media campaign using bots to promote a pro-government agenda, the BBC has found.

A long-running Papuan separatist movement has flared in recent months, sparking fresh calls for self-rule.

But with access to the region heavily restricted, social media has become a key source for the foreign press.

One expert told the BBC the apparently co-ordinated campaigns were seeking to skew international views of Papua.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49983667?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/asia&link_location=live-reporting-story

Here’s how it’s done

[A] network of automated fake accounts spread across at least four social media platforms and numerous websites which could be traced to a Jakarta-based media company, InsightID.

The bots would jump on to hashtags being used by groups supporting independence, such as #freewestpapua, so they swamped negative reporting with positive stories about investment in the region, a process known as “hashtag hijacking”.

This technique was also used on Facebook. One such message, in English, said Indonesia had invited the UN to Papua to assess the situation. But the UN has complained that, despite an agreement more than a year ago, an official visit has still to take place.

The company pushed out content on Facebook with paid ads targeting users in the US, UK and Europe.

“The risk of a campaign like this, in a place with so little access to truly independent media, is it skews the perceptions and understanding of the international community in a way that doesn’t reflect reality,” says ASPI cyber researcher Elise Thomas.

“That appears to be the goal, one which someone is willing to spend hundreds of dollars and many months to achieve.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49983667?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/asia&link_location=live-reporting-story

Related post:

Indonesian riots prove minister’s point on zero tolerance of racist remarks?

And since the post’s publication:

A new wave of violence has hit the restive Indonesian region of West Papua after hundreds of protesters, mostly high school students, set fire to several buildings in a town on Monday.

At least 23 people died in the regional capital Wamena, some of whom were trapped inside burning buildings.

The protests were reportedly triggered by a teacher’s racist comments – an allegation the police called a “hoax”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49806182?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world/asia&link_location=live-reporting

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