Jakarta (ANTARA) - Director General of Applications and Informatics of the Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan drew attention to three levels of handling hoaxes to create a safe, comfortable, and productive national digital space.

The three levels are firstly, labeling hoax contents, then blocking access, and finally reporting to the authorities.

"The first level is we give a hoax stamp, as our part of educating the public as well," he noted here on Tuesday.

As part of the first-level handling, the ministry will not only put a stamp on the disinformation but also include reasons and proof that the contents contain false information.

The public can check hoax-marked contents that have been verified by the ministry on the cekhoaks.aduankonten.id website.

If the content is considered disturbing, the ministry will take it down or block access. Hence, these hoaxes can no longer be accessed in digital space.

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In the last stage, Pangerapan remarked that the ministry will report the hoaxes to the authorities if they are regarded as disturbing and have a tendency to polarize society in the real world.

For instance, he said, the recent widely distributed hoax is the conflict between two groups in Bitung, North Sulawesi.

"If the hoax (tends) to set someone against someone, we have no hesitation in taking action against it. In addition to asking (the platform) to take it down, the police will also take action to prosecute the perpetrators," he remarked.

Kominfo will carry out the three levels of handling hoaxes during the campaign period of the 2024 General Elections.

The Election Supervision Desk formed on the basis of collaboration between Kominfo, the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), and the National Police will strengthen supervision against the distribution of hoaxes.

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Translator: Livia K, Kenzu
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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