Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media

Social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) have faced mounting pressure to better their efforts in combating misinformation, particularly after the US 2020 presidential elections. At the end of January this year, Twitter introduced its Birdwatch program to users in the US. The community-backed program is meant to tackle misinformation on the platform by lettingContinue reading “Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media”


Earlier in November, two of tech’s most highest profiles were grilled (once again) by the US Congress. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter faced questions from both Democrats and Republicans in an intense hearing (answered through Zoom). In the few weeks leading up to the hearing, Facebook announced that it would be takingContinue reading “GET THE ZUCC”

Trump and TikTok: Now What?

In early September, The Trump administration announced that it would be banning the Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat from US app stores. This was an escalated move in the US’ tech clash with China. The restrictions were scheduled to go into effect on TikTok within the first weeks of November unless the company couldContinue reading “Trump and TikTok: Now What?”

Twitter can be the Best and the Worst Place on the Internet

What I love about Twitter the most is just the sheer speed of how information and content is being shared and how fast you can follow a trend. Depending on who you follow of course, the content you get is catered to you in various ways (that’s just how algorithms work). Sadly, with every positive side of things, there are always a few negatives. Weirdly enough, because information and content is shared so quickly, Twitter to me is a good mix of being both the best and the worst place on the internet and here’s a short rant on why I think so.

A Brief Look Into Indonesia’s Hidden Pandemic on Whatsapp: Fake News & Misinformation

If you’re in a family Whatsapp group chat, there’s a big chance that you’ve come across some of the weirdest and wackiest pieces of content to have ever been made. In other words, fake news (or to keep it simple, hoax). The word “hoax” itself is so ingrained within Indonesian social media that it’s pretty much become a buzzword that’s commented on any given post that presents some sort of statistic or claim. At the height of the pandemic and in the midst of self-quarantine, I asked my friends to send me some of the most absurd fake news messages they got in regards to COVID-19. I wanted to know more about what the World Health Organisation describes as an ongoing fight against an “infodemic” of fake news and misinformation. So here’s my brief look into the weird and dangerous world of misinformation during the pandemic.

Pudar Realita dalam Gejolak Kapitalisasi Media Sosial

Media sosial, suatu istilah yang tidak lagi asing di telinga pada era modern ini. Media sosial telah berkembang menjadi sesuatu yang tidak terpisahkan dari kehidupan masyarakat modern. Segala kegiatan manusia sekarang sudah terhubung dan saling terpengaruh dengan dunia maya. Hobi, aktivitas, rutinitas, interaksi, bekerja, transaksi, hingga mencari informasi hampir selalu dapat dilakukan melalui media sosial. Batas realita dan dunia maya masyarakat saat ini telah terbiaskan oleh pesona media sosial sebagai medium penyambung komunikasi antar manusia yang terasa efektif tanpa terlalu perlu mengkhawatirkan kondisi “waktu” dan “jarak”. Mungkin pesan ini coba disampaikan oleh Jose van Dijck pada pengantar bab pertamanya dalam The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media (2013). Judul bagian pertama dari buku ini adalah “Engineering Sociality in a Culture of Connectivity”, sebagai inisiasi pembahasan mengenai kultural historis dari kemunculan media sosial.

My Thoughts on the “Spiritual Influencers” Dominating Social Media

I’ve personally never heard of the term “spiritual influencers” up until a few months ago. A number of my friends online tend to share so many different content about well-being and manifesting that I wasn’t so sure what it all really meant

It’s Time we Push for an Indonesian Data Privacy Regulation, and Here’s Why you Should Care

A while back ago, the largest eCommerce platform in the country, Tokopedia suffered a data breach that led to the loss of 15 million user records. It was also revealed that the hackers kept the details of 91 million users up for sale on the dark web.