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Indonesia strikes at alleged internet fake news syndicate

Suspects profited from malicious third parties, online ads, authorities say

Indonesian police announce the arrest of three members of the Saracen syndicate on suspicion of spreading hate and lies online. (Photo by Bobby Nugroho)

JAKARTA -- Indonesian police announced Wednesday the arrests of three members of the Saracen syndicate, they accuse of fomenting intolerance and spreading fake news over the internet.

Police said there is evidence to suggest the group profited by taking payments to raise particular issues online that were provocative or targeted certain religious or ethnic groups.

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