Combating Hoaxes, BNI's Collaborative Steps Are Appreciated by Kominfo

Combating Hoaxes, BNI's Collaborative Steps Are Appreciated by Kominfo

JAKARTA, 22 July 2022 -- PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. or BNI (stock code: BBNI) continues to fight against the spread of fake news or hoaxes. Through collaboration with various parties, BNI's steps are appreciated and can be a role model for financial industry players who are full of trust businesses.

BNI Chief Information Security Officer, Andri Medina said that in an effort to deal with and stem false news, the company cannot act alone. Cooperation with various parties, especially stakeholders, is very important. In this case, BNI has provided one tool for reporting by the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo), namely with complaints from agencies.

"We certainly optimize Kemenkominfo tools, so that fake news can be suppressed and blocked. By blocking fake accounts, more fake news can be dammed so that it no longer spreads widely in the community. We also increase socialization and literacy in order to increase the community’s enthusiasm in spreading informative and quality content," he said.

Andri explained that there are also two strategies that BNI emphasizes to confront and overcome current hoaxes. First, through developing the skills of BNI internal team to accelerate the handling of every hoax news case.

“Secondly, in the spirit of Go Digital, we use technology to detect and handle hoax news faster. This is very possible, especially with the help of artificial intelligence or AI," he added.

Communities Actively Fight Against Hoaxes

Acting Director of Information Application Control, Anthonius Malau, explained that in one day the Ministry of Communication and Information could receive up to 5,000 hoax news reports. Thus, the Ministry of Communication and Informatics welcomes the joint synergy to sweep up digital waste or misinformation that occurs almost every day.

According to him, BNI's steps in fighting hoaxes need to be appreciated. Moreover, BNI carries out reporting, which is also followed by various outreach programs to increase literacy and public awareness.

“We also see that public awareness to report hoax news is increasing. Hopefully in the future, more people will not be easily influenced by untrue news,” said Anthonius.

Meanwhile, General Chairperson of the Indonesian Cyber Media Association, Wesselaus Manggut, also hopes that cooperation between parties can continue to be built, such as creating a digital committee to prevent the spread of hoax news. This is because the power of engaging hoax news is many times higher than the clarification effort.

"The power of engaging hoaxes is faster in causing damage, so conventional clarification models are not enough," he concluded.


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