Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Boy Rafli Amar, has confirmed that 600 potentially radical social media accounts have come under the agency's radar.

"We have detected at least 600 social media accounts with the tendency to radicalism," he informed during a meeting with Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR RI) at the Parliament Complex in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The agency has detected a total of 650 propaganda contents from the monitored accounts, he said.

Of the 650 social media contents, at least 409 contents have been deemed as general propaganda or attacks, 147 contents as propagating opposition to the Unitary Republic of Indonesia, and 85 contents as propagating anti-Pancasila thoughts, Amar informed.

The agency has also identified 13 social media contents promoting terrorism training and teaching, 7 contents promoting intolerance, and 2 contents related to takfirism wherein Muslims consider Muslims outside their group as apostates, he said.

"We have also detected 40 social media contents calling for funding terrorist groups," the anti-terror agency head noted.

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The BNPT is collaborating with the police and military forces, the National Cyber and Crypto Agency, the State Intelligence Agency, and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics to monitor social media accounts that promote radicalism, Amar said.

According to Law No. 5 of 2018, the National Counter Terrorism Agency's main duties are to conceive, coordinate, and implement national programs on anti-terrorism resilience, counter-radicalization, and de-radicalization, he noted.

Moreover, the agency has also been tasked with coordinating with law enforcers in anti-terrorism missions, coordinating terrorism victims' recovery, and conceiving, coordinating, and implementing national anti-terrorism programs of international scope, he added.

The BNPT also plays the role of a crisis analysis and control center to provide inputs to the President for deciding crisis handling measures, including the allocation of resources to handle terrorism incidents, he said.

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