We n late November, Indonesian social-media activist Ulin Yusron found himself depicted in a meme. The image, which went viral, falsely portrayed the long-haired journalist that is male Amalia Ayuningtyas вЂ” a female election volunteer for the governor of Jakarta. The picture, the writing stated, had been of Amalia immodestly casting down her typical hijab. It asked: вЂњWhereвЂ™s the Veil??вЂќ
JakartaвЂ™s Christian and governor that is ethnically chinese Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly referred to as Ahok вЂ” is just a target for hard-line Muslims, who’ve successfully forced the authorities to place him on test for blasphemy. It isn’t astonishing that memes are increasingly being produced that seek to depict the Muslim volunteers in their camp as irreligious and profane.
вЂњonce I first saw it, I became in a position to laugh,вЂќ Ulin informs TIME concerning the picture collage. вЂњBut down the road, it became so problematic since there had been those who thought it вЂ¦ [The meme] ended up being available for quite a while, and I also became sick and tired of explaining it.вЂќ
Hoaxes similar to this, and fake news things in basic, have grown to be a massive issue in Indonesia in current months, coinciding because of the hotly contested Jakarta gubernatorial election campaign. To be certain, the sharing of fake news on social networking has added to tension that is political many countries вЂ” by one estimate, it produced more social-media engagement than genuine news through the U.S. (more…)