This year, the Indonesian news media have reported good and bad news about the social networking media Facebook.
First Good News, about Islamic Schools in Bogor, West Java, supporting the use of Facebook to facilitate communications within their school communities. For details, please click here.
The Second Good News, about Facebook users participating in collecting donation amounting to Rp 1 Billion (US$ 106,000.00) needed for the Liver Transplant of a 17-month-old girl, Bilqis Anindya Passa. Her cause rallied 98,000 Facebook users to join the Bilqis Love Coins group, dedicated to fund-raising via the collection of coins. For detailed report, please click here.
Now we move on to the Bad News, first about Marietta Nova Triani, a 14 years old girl from Surabaya, East Java, who was abducted from 6 to 8 February by Febriari, an 18 years old boy living in Tangerang, Banten, whom she met through Facebook. For details, please click here.
Then the Second Bad News, about the Police in East Java arrested two men for recruiting at least 20 girls, some aged as young as 15, through Facebook, and then posting pictures and profiles of them on their Facebook accounts to arrange “hook-ups” with older men. For details, please click here.
And then the Last Bad News, about the General Election Commission in Lamongan, East Java, that plan to sue a Facebook user who has written on his FB page a very insulting comment on the Commission. For details, please click here.
In spite of the bad news, I believe that Facebook provide many good things for us. Beside the above two good news, this was also proven last year when FB users forced the Police to free two Deputy Chairmen of the Corruption Erradication Commission (KPK), Bibit and Chandra, from groundless detention; and there was collection of money to help Prita Mulyasari, mother of two toddlers, pay compensation ordered by the Banten High Court, merely for sending e-mails to her friends complaining about the below standard service of the Plaintiff : Omni International Hospital.