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Fake news charges emotionally driven Jakarta election

Anti-Islam conspiracies, Chinese invasion fears spread online in Indonesia

People use handprints as signatures for the Jakarta Anti-Hoax Movement, a community group launched in the Indonesian capital on Jan. 8 to tackle the spread of fake news. (Photo by Wataru Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- "Could these be Chinese troops brought to Jakarta to defend Ahok?" an Indonesian kindergarten teacher posted on her Facebook wall in October last year along with a photo of several Chinese-looking men clad in military uniform.

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