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The Information Tsunami and the Death of Journalistic Deontology

If the misleading information continues to be shared on social media, you can imagine the fate of millions of patients in Indonesia who need blood transfusions.

By Aloysius B Kurniawan
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A number of activists of the Anti-Defamation Society of Indonesian (Mafindo) carry pamphlets to remind the public about fake news or hoaxes along a pedestrian area during a car-free day in Jakarta, Sunday (12/2). Coming into the regional elections cooling-off period, it is hoped that the people are not provoked by fake news or hoaxes.

From Jan. 24, 2020, to June 26 of this year the Indonesian Anti-Defamation Society recorded 1,026 hoaxes related to COVID-19. Thousands of examples of fake news were spread on social media in various categories, including fake content, false content, misleading content and manipulated content. The tsunami of fake news will continue if the people don\'t care about the deontology of journalism.

On June 4, a video uploaded on a Facebook account alleging that receiving blood from people who had received the COVID-19 vaccine posed a high risk and could contaminate the blood of people who had not been vaccinated. “Donated blood from people who have been vaccinated can contaminate the blood of people who have not been vaccinated. Please Share This Video & Send a Message to Local Health Authorities to Refuse Blood Donation from People Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine," reads the caption of the video. Even though it was written messily, the anonymous message was still widely disseminated.