Indonesian President Joko Widodo shakes hands with electoral opponent Prabowo Subianto. Photo: Reuters

Paid social media teams drive up buzz on presidential rivals Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto ahead of Indonesia’s polls

  • ‘Buzzer’ teams, named for the social media buzz they aim to create, have sprang up in Indonesia ahead of the presidential elections
  • Members of such groups have admitted to spreading propaganda on behalf of both main presidential candidates
Topic |   Indonesia

TOP PICKS

Indonesian President Joko Widodo shakes hands with electoral opponent Prabowo Subianto. Photo: Reuters
READ FULL ARTICLE
Malaysia launched a campaign to combat fake news. Photo: EPA

Explained: fake news in Asia

  • Several Asian countries rely heavily on social media for information, making them particularly vulnerable to the spread of fake news
Topic |   Social media

TOP PICKS

Malaysia launched a campaign to combat fake news. Photo: EPA
READ FULL ARTICLE