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Fake News Roils Indonesian Politics

Last month, the leader of a hard-line Muslim group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), was hospitalized after being beaten up by the Indonesian military at his own headquarters. Actually, nothing of the sort happened. But thousands of Indonesians still think it did, thanks to an enormously popular fake news story that circulated ahead of a mass protest in Jakarta December 2.  Several websites alleged that FPI leader Habib Rizieq, who helped organize the protest against Jakarta’s...

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