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Google training 'trusted flaggers' for Indonesia

Transparent, sensitive new approach to combat fake news, hate speech

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A sticker reading 'Review us on Google' is pictured at a computer store in Jakarta, on June 15.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Google has promised to pioneer a program that trains locals to identify problematic content on the web to help Indonesia combat fake news and radicalism.

The world's most populous Muslim nation has contended with rising religious tension and heated election campaigns, and has been dogged by fake news and hate speech on social media. Google's program is thought to be the first of its kind in Asia.

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