In 2016, false information was published in 800,000 online news websites in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s 72 million social media accounts in 2015 have increased by 27 million in 2016.
Growing markets for online news and social media platforms with 2018 seeing internet users totaling 123 million.
Kumparan is primarily a hybrid of online news and entertainment websites, with community noticeboards and the equivalent of a Speakers’ Corner platform for the people of Indonesia. It seeks to preserve press freedom and factual accuracy as much as possible within new regulations to be implemented by the government to reduce the number of fake news and hate speech websites in the region.
The current editorial team of 100 reporters will be generating content together with the platform users including government officials, activists, artists and musicians who wish to share information with their local social media communities.
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January, beta version was launched following trial website in 2016. Mobile application platforms were also available for both Android and iOS.
January, Kumparan secured undisclosed amounts of seed funds from several angel investors in the region from late 2016 onward.
Early users included 100 public figures, ranging from Information and Technology Minister Rudiantara, singer Aimee Saras, actress Karina Salim, former Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman and politician Hidayat Nur Wahid.