IO – The Ministry of Communication and Informatics of the Republic of Indonesia appreciates the presence of TularNalar.id, a site that provides access for lecturers, teachers, students, and the public to learn to fight misinformation.
With this site, it is hoped that Internet users can understand better what they are consuming online – either news or personal information.
The website is part of the TularNalar program initiated by the Indonesian Anti-Defamation Society (MAFINDO) and Love Frankie, supported by Google.org MAARIF Institute.
“We appreciate the effort in overcoming misinformation and disinformation. Based on the existing data, from January 2020 to January 2021 there were around 1500 hoaxes about COVID-19, you can imagine how many losses and chaos have occurred in the community caused by hoaxes,” said Samuel A. Pangerapan, Director General of Informatics Application of the Ministry of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia recently.
With this site, Samuel hopes that people will think more critically about online information.
“This is good education, hopefully, it will create a community that knows, responsive and resilient to hoaxes,” added Samuel.
More than that, Ryan Rahardjo, Head of Public Affairs Southeast Asia at Google believes that this site can help certain organizations fight hoaxes, especially those surrounding COVID-19.
“The point is that fighting misinformation and disinformation online continues to be an important challenge and a top priority for Google. Hopefully, it will help sharpen people’s critical thinking so that they can avoid misinformation and disinformation, especially regarding COVID-19,” said Ryan Rahardjo. (ph)