Indonesia‘s National COVID-19 Task Force has found more than one hundred thousand fake news related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) circulating in the public across the archipelagic nation, an official of the task force said on Monday.
The number of fake news having been found was 137,829, according to Darmawan Sutawijaya, a police officer currently serving as the task force’s law enforcement and security officer.
At least 104 people have been named suspects, of whom 17 have been detained for allegedly spreading online misinformation about the deadly coronavirus, he said.
He went on to say that some had spread inaccurate claims online by saying that a patient had died of COVID-19, the virus had already spread in a particular area, and foreigners had brought the virus into the country.
In early March, Minister of Communications and Information Johnny G. Plate stated that people producing and spreading hoaxes would be punished under the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions Law, with six years imprisonment and a one billion Indonesian rupiah (70,209 United States dollar) fine.
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