A student protester throws a burning stick at police during September’s riots in Jakarta, which have been widely blamed on the spread of hoaxes and misinformation. Photo: AP

‘The Chinese are coming’: in Indonesia, education doesn’t stop people believing falsehoods

  • Popular discourse is being held hostage to three major untruths – fear of Chinese migrants and communism, as well as perceived attacks on Islam and its scholars
  • And a good education provides little protection against the mighty power of misinformation, a new study has found
Topic |   Indonesia

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A student protester throws a burning stick at police during September’s riots in Jakarta, which have been widely blamed on the spread of hoaxes and misinformation. Photo: AP
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