"The government certainly will not remain silent about this (hoax)." Through this program (literacy and education), we want the growing awareness of the importance of becoming a responsible social media user by cultivating the value of diversity, religion and media literacy, "said Expert Staff Minister Communications and Mass Media Kemenkominfo, Gun Gun Siswadi, in Jakarta, Thursday, October 12, 2017.
According to him, social media continues to be used to invite emotions, and many users are spreading invalid information to others. This is really dangerous.
If this is allowed, he added, it would have an impact on the way people think. Especially how to look at tolerance in the state. Especially for the younger generation.
"Social media is now widely used by various parties as a forum for dissemination of negative content in the form of hoaxes, hate speech, fake news and radicalism," said Gun Gun.
He also took data released by the Association of Internet Service Providers Indonesia (APJII), in 2016. Where, penetration of Indonesian internet users is estimated to reach 132.7 million users or about 52 percent of the population.
The number of mobile users has gone far beyond the population, which is about 282 million users, 13 percent more than the population.
"The rapid growth of internet users, especially social media users, is not followed by knowledge and awareness of social media that is wise, therefore, it is important to educate and social media literacy," Gun Gun concluded.