Indonesia launches cyber agency to tackle extremism

4 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

JAKARTA: Indonesia launched a new cyber security agency Wednesday as the world’s biggest Muslim majority country moves to tackle online religious extremism and a flood of fake news on social media, reports AFP.

Millions of Indonesians are going online for the first time just as concern about Internet hoaxes reaches a fevered pitch.

One of the most high-profile cases in recent times was a false claim circulating on social media in December that Beijing was seeking to wage biological warfare against Indonesia.

The viral hoax prompted the Chinese embassy to issue a statement saying that the reports were “misleading”. On Wednesday, Indonesian president Joko Widodo named Major General Djoko Setiadi, former chairman of the country’s encryption agency, to lead the new body.