LIRNEasia research published and Indonesia’s Facebook ban canceled

Posted on May 1, 2018  /  0 Comments

In early April, the Indonesian government considered banning Facebook amid concerns of privacy breaches and potential abuse of the platform to influence the upcoming presidential elections through fake news and hate speech. Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman and Ayesha Zainudeen used indicative survey data on the use of social media and other online services by 1,200 Indonesian citizens collected by LIRNEasia in 2017 in this article (, English – The Jakarta Post) first published on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Our researchers argued against the ban on the basis that the move could have serious economic impacts, and could end up being futile, given the recent experiences in Sri Lanka. On Friday, 27 April 2018, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia announced that the Facebook ban was ruled out.

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