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In Indonesia, Facebook and Twitter are ‘buzzer’ battlegrounds as elections loom


Widodo (left) shaking hands with Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia. "Buzzer" teams, named for the social media buzz such groups aim to create, have sprung up in Indonesia ahead of the presidential election next month in the world's third-largest democracy. — Reuters

Widodo (left) shaking hands with Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia. "Buzzer" teams, named for the social media buzz such groups aim to create, have sprung up in Indonesia ahead of the presidential election next month in the world's third-largest democracy. — Reuters

JAKARTA: Almost every day, "Janda", a self-described Indonesian housewife with 2,000 Twitter followers, dispenses lifestyle tips, complains about city life, and praises how the government of President Joko Widodo has improved her life as a young mother.

But Janda the housewife does not exist. The Twitter account's real owner is an unmarried middle-aged man who offers political social media services backing Widodo's re-election campaign.

   

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