TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police’s cyber-criminal investigation agency has started to probe Whatsapp groups that are suspected of frequently spreading disinformation or hoaxes.
The main reason behind it is that the platform has become dominant in spreading hoaxes compared to other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where hoax contents have started to be less prevalent.
The head of the cyber agency, Sr. Comr. Rickynaldo Chairul, said that hoaxers had started to shift to Whatsapp since it was considered to be much safer and believed to be under the police’s radar.
“These people think that spreading hoaxes among Whatsapp groups is safer compared to social media. This is why we cyber-patrol these groups besides the usual social media,” said Ricky on Friday, June 14.