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Indonesia suspends Facebook services following deadly protest


Indonesia has suspended Facebook services in certain areas as election protests continue to rock its capital, Jakarta.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information as saying the temporary restriction was needed to suppress hoax.

Social media and instant messaging users cannot send and receive videos and photos for a while, the ministry said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month’s poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent who refused to concede as his supporters gathered in the capital in protest at the result.

The General Election Commission (KPU) confirmed unofficial counts by private pollsters in the April 17 election, giving Widodo a 55.5% share of votes against 44.5% for Prabowo Subianto.

Widodo won more than 85 million votes of a total of 154 million cast in the world’s third-largest democracy, but Prabowo told reporters he believed there had been widespread cheating and about 1,000 supporters gathered in a peaceful protest.

The peaceful protest has degenerated, leaving 6 persons dead, according to local media, after protesters clashed with troops.

Also, the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, said the restriction of social media was needed to keep negative things from spreading to the public.

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Facebook services, including the Facebook app and the web version, Instagram app and web, and WhatsApp app and web are affected.

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