May 7, 2013

Indonesia’s social media election — for better or worse

Jakarta is the biggest "Twitter city" in the world. Henry Belot of The Citizen looks at the impact of social media on next year's Indonesian presidential election -- and it's not all rosy.

Tech-savvy youth are fast becoming the key to Indonesian politics, as a massive surge in first-time voters and rapid smartphone take-up make for a potent political mix ahead of next year’s presidential election. With Jakarta already the world’s most active “Twitter city” and 67 million Indonesians reaching voting age over the next year, social media looks set to play its biggest role yet in democratic elections anywhere in the world.

According to Sony Subrata, a former campaign adviser to the Governor of Jakarta: “2014 will be the year to see how social media is used — and abused — for political agendas by various political parties and presidential candidates.”

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