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Keep calm and verify Indonesia election-related news

Indonesians being bombarded by series of fake news after last week's elections

The wartime slogan "Keep calm and carry on", coined by the British government in 1939 as World War II loomed, was meant to encourage resilience as the country braced itself for the impending bombing raids by the Luftwaffe.

Indonesia could well adopt a similar attitude, albeit with a slight twist - "Keep calm and verify" - to counter the onslaught of fake news relating to its historic April 17 elections, where early estimates indicate a record turnout of voters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'Keep calm and verify'. Print Edition | Subscribe