Fahri-PKS Criticize BSSN Chief´s Statement About "Positive Hoax"

Friday, 05 January 2018 , 16:00:00 WIB -

National Military (TNI) Maj. Gen. Djoko Setiadi

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The statement of State Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) Chief Maj. Gen. Djoko Setiadi about "positive hoax" gets criticized by the House Deputy Chairman Fahri Hamzah. Fahri said that the statement is a bad precedent. "It’s a bad precedent," Fahri stated to journalists via WhatsApp, Wednesday (3/1).

Fahri is worried about the establishment of BSSN. He suspects that BSSN is established to be used by the government. "I’m worried that BSSN is established to gather support," he said.

"I heard that he allows people to spread hoaxes and the public may believe them. It’s dangerous," Fahri stated.

Justice Prosperous Party’s (PKS) faction also come up with the similar criticism. "If what he means is the hoax made by the government, people will do the same thing. Stop spreading hoaxes. BSSN still has many important duties to carry out," said the Secretary of PKS Faction, Sukamta, to journalists, Wednesday (3/1).

According to the House’s Commission I, the public must use social media wisely, they must be capable of sorting facts and hoaxes. Sukamta stated that hoaxes are tech rubbish.

"Hoaxes will disappear if the government performs and communicates better, and the public becomes smarter in using the social media. Hoaxes are tech rubbish, it will disappear by itself," Sukamta said. "Regarding insult against tribe, religion, and race (SARA), agitation, terrorism, cyberbullying, it’s regulated by the ITE Law. It’s already complete," he added.

Previously, Djoko Setiadi said there are negative and positive hoaxes. Djoko also said that positive hoaxes are not a problem.

"If the hoaxes were positive, let them be, don’t criticize too much, insult some parties, spreading hate speech, I think it can be reduced," Djoko said at the State Palace, Jalan Veteran, Jakarta Pusat.

President Joko Widodo established BSSN through the Presidential Regulation No.133/2017. The agency’s duty is to detect and prevent cyber crimes by maintaining cybersecurity effectively and efficiently by utilizing, developing, and consolidating the elements that are related to cybersecurity. (dtc/mag)