5 Tempat Makan Ini Punya Harga Terlalu Mahal, Sempat Viral di Medsos

Jakarta – Setiap tempat makan dan restoran sejatinya punya patokan harganya masing-masing. Kawasan tempat wisata saat momen liburan, rest area, hingga banda biasanya yang mematok harga yang cenderung mahal.
Namun, ada beberapa tempat yang menawarkan makanan dengan harga yang sangat tinggi. Sebagian orang yang mengeluh tempat tersebut punya harga makanan yang terlalu manal, yang bisa menguras kantong lho.

Saking mahalnya tak jarang orang ada yang protes dan membagikannya ke sosial media. Tak heran, beberapa tempat makan sempat viral karena masalah harga.

Lokasi yang Makanannya Punya Harga Terlalu Mahal
Dari catatan detikFood, berikut adalah tempat yang disebut punya harga makanan yang terlalu mahal:

1. Makan di Kawasan Wisata
Seorang pria menceritakan pengalamannya makan di sebuah restoran di kawasan wisata Situ Cileunca, Pangalengan, Jawa Barat.

Melalui video di YouTube, pria bernama Rudiman dan kawannya memesan 11 porsi ayam bakar dan goreng. Ketika ditotal, dirinya mendapatkan tagihan Rp 440.000.

Mereka juga memesan menu lain, seperti karedok, jengkol, ikan asin lengkap dengan minuman. Menu-menu sederhana tersebut totalnya mencapai Rp 915.000. Melihat totalan tersebut, dirinya pun merasa restoran tersebut menggetok harga.

Momen tersebut juga dibagikan channel YouTube Mang Dragon TV pada (09/01/2021). Videonya viral dan ramai ditanggapi netizen, setelah dibagikan ulang oleh akun Instagram @wisatapangalengan (10/01/2021).

Klasifikasi Pihak Restoran
Pemilik restoran juga telah memberikan klasifikasinya, melalui unggahan di Facebook Abahnazeni yang dibagikan di Grup Pangalengan Lembur Kuring.

Menurut pihak restoran, kemungkinan Rudiman memesannya lewat jasa calo dan tidak langsung ke restoran sehingga harganya mahal.

“Kang Arip ini beli dari penjual jasa/calo. Kita buka ya hara standar jajanan warung nasi yang ada di Situ Cileunca. Untuk harga makanan Rp 25.000 per porsi,” katanya.

Pemilik restoran tersebut juga mengatakan, pihaknya telah menghubungi wisatawan untuk memberi klarifikasi secara langsung.

“Dari pihak pembeli makanan yang bernama Arif gak mau datang ke sini, dan kita mau datangi pun dia gak mau kasih alamat,” ungkapnya ketika Dihubungi detikcom (11/01/21) lalu.

Karena kasus ini, Abahnazeni memutuskan mengambil jalur hukum untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini. Menurutnya, masalah ini bukan salah dari warung makan, melainkan si wisatawan yang memesan makanan lewat calo.

“Saya sudah ngadain pengacara, untuk kesalah pahaman ini dan dari pihak wisata mau bawa ini ke jalur hukum,” tutup Abahnazeni.

2. Makan di Rest Area
Seorang wanita bernama Nila Latarissa membagikan pengalamannya di akun TikTok. Dalam video, ia membagikan sebuah foto struk makanan dari salah satu restoran di rest area pada 05/07/2022.

Dalam video, ia membagikan sebuah foto struk makanan dari salah satu restoran di rest area. Kala itu, Nila dan lima orang lainnya makan di rest area Tol Jagorawi Km 10 yang ada di daerah Cipayung, Jakarta Timur.

Mereka memesan beberapa porsi makanan, seperti nasi gulai kikil, ayam goreng, soto daging,nasi ikan kembung, dan soto Kudus.

Harga makanan yang dipesannya dibanderol mulai dari Rp 10.000 – Rp 45.000 per porsinya. Jika, ditotal makan di restoran rest area itu Nilai perlu membayar Rp 495.000.

Menurutnya restoran tersebut melakukan getok harga, karena harga tersebut dianggapnya terlalu tinggi.

3. Nasi Padang di Bandara
Harga nasi Padang yang dianggap mahal juga ditemukan di Singapura. Salah satu netizen bernama Udaya kecewa, membagikan pengalamannya memakan nasi Padang di Jewel Changi Airport, Singapura.

Dari struk yang dibagikan, diketahui dirinya mengunjungi ke gerai Padang Lezat di food court di Bandara Jewel Changi pada 28/04/2023 lalu.
Ia memilih nasi putih dengan ayam goreng, ikan bilis, sayur tumis pare dan kacang panjang. Ketika ia melihat struk dia pun kaget, karena untuk seporsi nasi Padang itu ia harus membayar SGD 13 atau sekitar Rp 156 ribu (kurs 12.000 per 11/07/2024).

Dari ceritanya, dirinya hanya diarahkan untuk memesan dan memilih lauknya. Ia mengaku kalau pegawai di gerai di sana tidak memberikan informasi harga sama sekali.

4. Nasi Padang di Taman Safari
Taman Safari Indonesia yang berlokasi Cisarua, Bogor, memang dikenal jadi destinasi wisata keluarga saat liburan. Tak hanya untuk melihat dan berinteraksi dengan para satwa, di sana juga banyak penjual makanan.

Namun, salah satu pengunjung terkejut karena ada nasi Padang di sana yang harganya mencapai Rp 120.000. Alasan seporsi nasi Padang tersebut punya harga selangit, adalah karena setiap lauk dan komponennya dihitung satuan.

Misal, tambahan sayur singkong dan sambal cabe ijo masing-masing dibanderol Rp 8.000. Ada juga sayur nangka yang dihargai Rp 15.000 per sendoknya. Kalau dilihat, porsi yang diberikan memang biasa saja.

Sayangnya, tidak diketahui dengan pasti siapa yang memposting dan kapan foto kejadian tersebut terjadi.

5. Makan Mie Instan di Kafe
Pengguna Facebook bernama Derrel Surbakti, juga sempat membagikan bon tagihan setelah ia makan di sebuah kafe. Kala itu, dirinya makan di kafe bernama Poesaka Boenda, Siosa, Sumatra Utara pada 06/07/2023.

Lewat akun Facebooknya, ia menyebut memesan 3 gelas kopi susus aren, 2 es jeruk, 4 nasi goreng dan 1 mie instan goreng telur dengan harga Rp 25.000.

Setelah ditotal dengan PPN dan service charge, dirinya mendapat tagihan Rp 419.210. Unggahan Derrel pun langsung viral dan ramai ditanggapi netizen.

Banyak netizen yang setuju, kalau untuk menu-menu sederhana seperti itu harga yang dipatok terlalu mahal.

“Service charge itu menambah beban banget menurut saya. Sudah bayar service charge belum tentu pelayanannya excellent, kadang malah dijutekin,” tulis salah satu netizen.

Sementara itu, ada juga yang menganggap bahwa harga tersebut standar yang ditawarkan kafe-kafe kekinian. Terlebih, kafe itu menawarkan pemandangan perbukitan yang indah.

“Wajah aja sih, kalau gue cek emang kafenya bagus kayak nawarin pemandangan bagus juga. Tapi emang rata-rata harga makanan kafe ya segitu,” ujar netizen lainnya di kolom komentar.

Ngomongin kuliner, harga makanan seringnya jadi pertimbangan utama. Jadi, sebaiknya sebelum memesan makanan kalian bisa lihat menu atau tanya dulu ke pelayan berapa harganya ya.

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10 Tempat Wisata Hits di Lombok yang Memikat dan Wajib Dikunjungi

Lombok seringkali disebut-sebut sebagai salah satu pulau tropis terbaik di Indonesia. Setelah Bali, Pulau Lombok selalu menjadi tujuan favorit bagi wisatawan, baik domestik maupun mancanegara. 

Nah, buat kamu yang berencana berlibur ke Lombok, Kami telah merangkum rekomendasi tempat wisata di Lombok yang memikat dan wajib banget kamu kunjungi!

1. Pantai Seger Kuta

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Tak hanya Bali, Lombok juga punya Pantai Kuta, lho. Pantai ini merupakan bagian dari kawasan wisata Mandalika yang berada di Lombok Tengah.

Selain menikmati pantai yang ciamik, kamu juga bisa mendaki bukit di sekitar Pantai Seger di kawasan ini. Pemandangan dari atas bukit adalah hamparan pasir putih Pantai Kuta. 

Pantai Seger bisa diakses dari Bandara Internasional Lombok dengan kendaraan bermotor. Jaraknya sekitar 21 kilometer.

2. Taman Wisata Pusuk Sembalun

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Taman Wisata Pusuk Sembalun berlokasi di kawasan lereng Gunung Rinjani, Desa Sembalun Bumbung, Kabupaten Lombok Timur. Spot wisata ini menyuguhkan semacam gardu pandang dengan pemandangan unik di ketinggian sekitar 1.250 meter di atas permukaan laut.

Sejauh mata memandang, kamu akan dimanjakan dengan hijaunya hutan dan pegunungan. Selain menyegarkan, tempat ini juga Instagramable banget, lho.

3. Pantai Tanjung Aan

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Pantai Tanjung Aan berada di Lombok Tengah bagian selatan. Pantai ini sangat terjangkau, karena hanya berjarak sekitar 15 menit dari pusat Kota Mataram

Pantai Tanjung Aan menawarkan panorama yang sangat memesona. Pasirnya putih dan halus, airnya pun jernih kebiruan. Gak heran kalau pantai satu ini sanggup menyegarkan mata dan pikiranmu.

4. Rumah Pohon Gangga

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Rumah Pohon Gangga memiliki konsep serupa dengan Taman Wisata Pusuk Sembalun, yakni gardu pandang yang berada di ketinggian. Rumah Pohon Gangga berada di Desa Gangga Mumas, Lombok Utara.

Di tempat ini kamu juga bisa memanjakan matamu dengan pemandangan serba hijau. Lokasinya yang dekat dengan air terjun juga jadi satu hal yang menambah keelokan Rumah Pohon Gangga.

5. Bukit Selong

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Bukit Selong atau Bukit Beleq berlokasi di Desa Sembalun Lawang, Kecamatan Sembalun, Kabupaten Lombok Timur. Dari atas Bukit Selong, kamu akan dimanjakan dengan pemandangan yang sangat yakni bukit-bukit yang indah, serta hamparan sawah yang berwarna-warni.

6. Air Terjun Madu

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Tak jauh dari Bukit Selong, kamu bisa sekalian menyambangi Air Terjun Madu. Lokasinya masih di daerah Sembalun, tepatnya di Desa Bilok Petung, Kecamatan Sembalun, Kabupaten Lombok Timur.

Ketinggian air terjun ini mencapai sekitar 20 meter. Airnya segar dan berwarna hijau kebiruan. Dari kejauhan, air terjun ini telah memancarkan keindahannya, sehingga menjadi magnet tersendiri bagi wisatawan.

7. Aik Nyet Sesaot

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Aik Nyet Sesaot merupakan Taman Wisata Hutan yang berada di Dusun Aik Nyer, Desa Sesaot, Kecamatan Narmada, Kabupaten Lombok Barat. Spot ini cocok buat kamu yang ingin melipir sejenak dari keramaian dan rutinitas, karena tempatnya belum banyak dikunjungi orang.

Mata air di tempat ini sangat bening dan menyegarkan. Selain itu, air yang mengalir di antara batu-batu besar juga menambah keindahan spot ini.

8. Pantai Tangsi

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Pantai Tangsi dikenal juga sebagai Pantai Pink, karena pasir pantainya yang berwarna pink atau merah muda.

Penyebab karena tercampurnya pasir putih dengan serpihan karang berwarna merah yang hancur terkena ombak dan bercampur dengan pasir. Lokasinya nyaris di ujung selatan Pulau Lombok, atau sekitar 2,5 jam dari pusat Kota Mataram.

9. Air Terjun Tiu Teja

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Air Terjun Tiu Teja terletak di Desa Santong, Kecamatan Kayangan, Kabupaten Lombok Utara. Air terjun dengan ketinggian 40 meter dan lebar 10 meter ini cocok untuk kamu yang merindukan ketenangan dengan panorama alam hijau. Kondisinya masih sangat asri dengan ditumbuhi tumbuhan hijau dan lebat.

10. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, dan Gili Air

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Rasanya kurang afdal kalau mengunjungi Lombok tapi belum main ke Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, dan Gili Air. Yap, ketiga pulau kecil ini memang sangat ikonik banget di Lombok. Ketiganya menawarkan hamparan pasir berwarna putih, air lautnya yang jernih, serta udaranya yang segar.

Di Gili Trawangan, kamu juga bisa menikmati beberapa pesta kembang api, serta pertunjukan menyambut tahun baru. Gili Meno cocok buat kamu yang mendambakan kesunyian dan ketenangan karena pulaunya paling sunyi.

Sedangkan, di Gili Air, kamu bisa menikmati taman air alami yang menakjubkan dengan lima titik spesial seperti Air Wall, Air Slope, Frogfish Point, Segaluh, dan Malang Reef.

Ketiga pulau ini pun terbilang mudah diakses. Kamu hanya tinggal menyeberang dari Pelabuhan Bangsal dengan waktu tempuh sekitar 45 menit.

Itulah beberapa tempat wisata di Lombok yang bisa kamu kunjungi. Mau ke mana dulu kita?

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15 Destinasi Instagrammable di Bali yang Harus Sobat Pesona Kunjungi

Siapa yang tidak menginginkan koleksi foto Instagram yang indah dan memuaskan secara visual sekaligus menampilkan petualangan yang menakjubkan? Bagi mereka yang merencanakan perjalanan liburan ke Bali, 15 destinasi ini akan menjamin foto-foto yang Sobat Pesona ambil menjadi sangat indah!

1 | Banyumala Twin Waterfall

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Tidak hanya terkenal dan sering dikunjungi seperti berbagai tujuan wisata lainnya di Bali, Banyumala Twin Waterfall masih terjaga kelestariannya. Air terjun yang menakjubkan ini berada di jalan tepi kawah antara Munduk dan jalan utama dari Singaraja menuju Denpasar. Definisi “nothing worth having comes easy”, sesuai dengan sulitnya pendakian untuk mencari dan mencapainya, tetapi Sobat Pesona akan terpuaskan ketika sampai pada lokasi ini. Sepanjang perjalan Sobat Pesona akan dikelilingi dengan hijaunya pepohonan, bebatuan dan sungai hingga Sobat Pesona mencapai air terjunnya. Kunjungi Banyumala Twin Waterfall untuk waktu relaksasi, dimana lokasi ini sangat cocok untuk bersantai selama liburan!

2 | Campuhan Ridge Walk

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Selain pesona ombaknya, Bali juga populer dengan wisata alam yang menakjubkan. Satu hal yang harus Sobat Pesona kunjungi adalah Campuhan Ridge Walk. Terletak di Ubud yang modern dan ramai, jalur pendakian lembah pegunungan yang indah ini jelas merupakan tempat yang terbaik untuk melepas penat dan menghirup udara segar.Di sepanjang perjalanan Sobat Pesona akan menempuh jalur perbukitan yang terbentang sepanjang 9 kilometer, Sobat Pesona akan ditemani oleh pemandangan lereng bukit yang paling menakjubkan dan lembah hijau Sungai Wos. Jika Sobat Pesona beruntung dan cuacanya cukup baik, Gunung Agung yang gagah menjulang di antara perbukitan dapat terlihat jelas. Lokasi ini memang benar-benar bisa menambah petualangan Sobat Pesona di Bali jadi indah dan menakjubkan!

3 | Pura Gunung Kawi 

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Salah satu situs arkeologi paling paling unik di Pulau Bali adalah Pura Gunung Kawi yang terdiri dari koleksi relief kuno yang diukir di atas permukaan tebing batu. Dengan mengunjungi situs ini, Sobat Pesona akan disuguhi pemandangan Sungai Pakerisan yang menakjubkan serta halaman Pura yang bernuansa Pura Hindu kuno dengan sentuhan modern. Pura ini mudah ditemukan dan merupakan destinasi yang penting untuk ditambahkan ke rencana perjalanan Sobat Pesona di Bali. Sebelum memasuki situs, Sobat Pesona akan menaiki anak tangga, dan akan ditawarkan vas dari tanah yang berisikan air suci dimana Sobat Pesona perlu memercikkannya air ke diri sendiri sebelum memasuki kompleks Pura. Pengalaman yang sangat eksotis ini, pantas mendapat tempat khusus dalam bucket list Sobat Pesona! Jadi tunggu apa lagi? Segera kunjungi Pura Gunung Kawi!

4 | Taman Budaya GWK

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Sedang mencari ide perjalanan yang kaya akan budaya, dengan monumen bersejarah yang megah, atraksi tarian tradisional yang eksotis, dan acara yang penuh adrenalin dalam satu perhentian? Nah, Sobat Pesona tinggal mengunjungi Taman Budaya GWK. Saksikan berbagai keindahan tarian Bali seperti tarian Kecak yang eksotis, tarian Legong yang megah, serta banyak tarian lainnya yang memukau ditampilkan di sini. Jangan lupa untuk bersantai di sisi Kolam Teratai GWK sambil mengamati kemegahan patung Garuda Wisnu Kencana yang menjulang setinggi 120 meter dan dibangun selama 28 tahun. Perjalanan seru seperti ini pastilah akan membuat liburan Sobat Pesona menjadi tak terlupakan.

5 | Handara Golf Course Gate

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Gerbang ikonik ini juga bisa menjadi salah satu tempat yang paling menarik untuk konten Instagram Sobat Pesona! Dengan pemandangan hijau yang indah dan suasana yang damai, tak heran jika orang banyak mengunjungi Bali akan menyempatkan untuk datang ke sini. Selain gerbang tradisional Bali yang megah dan eksotis, manjakan mata dan hiasi foto Sobat Pesona dengan pemandangan siluet bukit hijau yang menakjubkan. Buat kagum juga teman-teman Sobat Pesona dengan foto keren di Handara Golf Course Gate!

6 | Pantai Kelingking Nusa Penida

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Bali memiliki pantai yang menakjubkan dan sangat terkenal di seluruh penjuru dunia karena keindahan alamnya. Pantai Kelingking akan membawa Sobat Pesona ke pengalaman di tingkat yang jauh lebih tinggi. Sebagai salah satu tempat yang paling menakjubkan di Bali, Pantai Kelingking layak dimasukan ke dalam daftar tempat yang wajib Sobat Pesona kunjungi di Bali. Lokasi ini tersohor dengan tebing yang membentuk T-Rex juga pantai indah yang bagai surga tersembunyi. Jalan menuju lokasi ini beberapa berupa tebing-tebing yang curam dan belum memiliki pengamanan yang maksimum, sehingga Sobat Pesona perlu berhati-hati dan memperhatikan tiap langkah serta mengikuti peraturan yang ada. Sobat Pesona akan terpana menyaksikan pemandangan yang menakjubkan dimana perairan biru yang jernih membingkai tebing T-Rex yang ikonik. Sobat Pesona juga dapat melihat pantai tersembunyi di antara tebing-tebing yang hanya dapat diakses secara sangat hati-hati melalui jalan kecil menyusuri anak tangga yang cukup curam.
                                   

7 | Pura Luhur Lempuyang

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Tempat favorit Instagramable berikutnya adalah Pura Luhur Lempuyang. Destinasi ini adalah Pura gunung kuno yang terletak di Bali Timur. Pura ini diyakini telah berdiri sebelum sebagian besar Pura Hindu di Bali berdiri, serta terletak di 1.175 meter diatas permukaan laut. Ketinggian yang dapat dicapai dengan menaiki anak tangga yang mencapai lebih dari 1.700 buah, dengan banyak spot menarik di sepanjang jalannya, termasuk beberapa Pura yang lebih kecil. Bagi Sobat Pesona yang mencari petualangan dan menyukai pendakian dicampurkan dengan pengalaman melihat situs arkeologi yang eksotis, tempat ini tidak boleh dilewatkan. Tetapi tidak perlu khawatir! Untuk Sobat Pesona yang kurang menyukai hiking, tetap dapat menikmati pemandangan yang menakjubkan dari kaki gunung. Pemandangan eksotis, tradisional, bersejarah dan menakjubkan, sangat sempurna untuk membuat liburan yang tak terlupakan!

8 | Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

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Sebuah landmark terkenal yang indah dan bersejarah, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan adalah destinasi wisata yang sangat populer bagi turis lokal maupun mancanegara. Terletak di posisi strategis di jalan yang menyambungkan Bali Utara dan Selatan. Pura ikonik ini dikelilingi perairan yang tenang bagaikan cermin yang seakan-akan membuat Pura ini melayang. Pura ini telah menjadi spot berfoto favorit bagi banyak orang mulai dari yang menggunakan kamera Polaroid, kamera Digital, hingga era kamera smartphone untuk foto Instagram sekarang ini. Walaupun daya tarik utamanya adalah Pura terapung, tetapi seluruh kompleks Pura sendiri akan memberikan pengalaman bersejarah dengan atmosfer yang menenangkan yang tidak ingin Sobat Pesona lewatkan!

9 | Tanah Lot

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Salah satu destinasi yang sangat penting di Bali adalah Tanah Lot, Pura Hindu kuno yang eksotis terletak di atas karang yang menantang deru ombak. Terkenal karena posisi lepas pantainya yang unik yang menjadikan Tanah Lot sebagai salah satu lokasi paling menakjubkan untuk memandang matahari terbenam. Tanah Lot merupakan tempat ikonik yang harus Sobat Pesona tuju untuk pengalaman Bali yang seutuhnya. Tanah Lot merupakan salah satu destinasi paling populer bagi para wisatawan karena situs ini menawarkan semua keunikan kebudayaan Tradisional Bali. Sobat Pesona juga dapat memilih banyak suvenir dan membawa pulang sebagian Bali ke rumah! Mulai dari topeng, tas dan banyak suvenir tradisional lainnya.  

10 | Terasering Tegalalang

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Terletak strategis di Ubud yang ramai dan populer, Terasering Tegalalang menawarkan pemandangan persawahan yang megah. Terasering ini menawarkan lukisan alam yang memukau bagi para pengunjungnya, dimana hamparan persawahan menghijau di antara perbukitan yang segar. Pemandangan pepohonan yang rimbun yang menjulang dari hutan di sekitaran, juga sangat cocok bagi Sobat Pesona yang ingin tenang bersantai menghirup udara segar dan terbebas dari keriuhan perkotaan. Sebuah tempat yang pasti akan membuat kenangan indah untuk Sobat Pesona!

11 | The Bali Swing

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The Bali Swing menjadi tempat yang sangat populer dan hype sebagai spot yang Instagramable. Di sini terdapat beberapa ayunan yang berada di ketinggian yang bervariasi sambil menghadap ke lembah pohon palem indah yang berpadu dengan gemercik sungai yang menyejukkan. Suasana hutan Bali yang asri di sekitar lokasi ini, pasti bisa memikat hati Sobat Pesona. Pastikan untuk mengunjungi di waktu yang tepat karena antusiasme terhadap tempat ini dan pemandangan yang menakjubkan tentunya menarik banyak pengunjung. Hal yang wajib dilakukan juga adalah memastikan untuk datang pada kondisi cuaca terbaik, juga pada saat golden hour. Datanglah pagi hari dan dapatkan cahaya lembut untuk menghasilkan foto yang terbaik! Selamat bergaya!

12 | Tirta Empul

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Terletak di Desa Manukaya di bagian tengah Bali, kompleks Pura yang memikat mata dan air suci dari gunung ini adalah situs warisan budaya nasional yang memiliki latar legenda mengenai kisah kebaikan melawan kejahatan. Tirta Empul yang berarti ‘mata air suci’ sebenarnya adalah nama sumber air yang terletak di dalam Pura. Mata air ini mengalir ke berbagai pemandian tempat memurnikan diri, dan kolam-kolam ikan yang mengelilingi batas luar Pura, sebelum akhirnya mengalir ke Sungai Tukad Pakerisan. Lokasi ini cocok untuk Sobat Pesona yang tertarik pada sejarah, mitos dan legenda Bali. Momen upacara adat juga termasuk prosesi yang menakjubkan untuk disaksikan.

13 | Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Terkenal karena taman airnya yang megah, Tirta Gangga telah menjadi salah satu tujuan utama bagi penggemar estetika untuk datang dan berfoto disana. Seperti kompleks pemandian lainnya, taman ini terdiri dari taman tropis, kolam berendam, juga kolam ikan. Ada juga air mancur yang dikelilingi oleh rumput yang dipotong rapi dan dihiasi dengan batu loncatan, patung indah, dan taman tropis. Lokasi destinasi ini, terletak di desa Ababi, sekitar 75 km sebelah timur Denpasar. Perpaduan antara suasana ketenangan dan arsitektur tradisional Bali yang amat menarik, akan membuat koleksi foto liburan di Instagram Sobat Pesona lebih inspiratif.

15 Instagrammable Destinations You Must Visit in Bali
Dalam foto @beatrizazzevedo, Foto dan Edit oleh @thegingerwanderlust dan @lorenzowanderlust

14 | Pura Uluwatu

Memiliki nama asli Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Pura ini adalah salah satu dari 6 Pura utama yang diyakini sebagai pilar spiritual Bali. Pura Uluwatu juga terkenal karena lokasinya yang luar biasa. Berdiri megah di atas tebing curam sekitar 70 meter diatas permukaan laut. Sulit untuk tidak mengakui Pura Uluwatu sebagai salah satu tempat di urutan teratas untuk menikmati matahari terbenam dengan pemandangan langsung menghadap samudera Hindia, sambil diiringi pertunjukan tari Kecak yang membahana. Tampilan menakjubkan ini akan membuat gambaran yang sempurna di Instagram Sobat Pesona! Jangan lupa untuk datang sebelum jam matahari terbenam ya!

15 Instagrammable Destinations You Must Visit in Bali
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15 | Wanagiri Hidden Hills Lookout

Destinasi yang terletak di bagian Utara Bali ini, nampaknya sudah sering ini muncul di unggahan Instagram banyak orang. Wanagiri Hidden Hills Lookout memiliki atraksi populer yaitu sarang burung raksasa, ayunan, dan lokasi pandang yang mengarah langsung ke danau. Ada berbagai spot foto yang bisa Sobat Pesona pilih untuk mendapatkan banyak foto keren untuk Instagram. Kira-kira dibutuhkan perjalanan selama satu setengah jam untuk mencapai destinasi ini dari Canggu. Pastikan sampai ke tempat ini sebelum matahari terbenam, sehingga Sobat Pesona sempat menyaksikan pemandangan matahari terbenam yang tidak akan terlupakan.

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Klasemen Kualifikasi Piala Dunia 2026 usai Indonesia Tekuk Filipina 2-0

Jakarta – Kemenangan atas Filipina memastikan Indonesia melaju ke putaran ketiga Kualifikasi Piala Dunia 2026 zona Asia. Garuda lolos sebagai runner-up Grup F di bawah Irak.
Bermain di Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno, Selasa (11/6/2024), skuad asuhan Shin Tae-yong menang 2-0 berkat gol tembakan jarak jauh Thom Haye pada menit ke-32 dan sundulan Rizky Ridho pada menit ke-56.

Tambahan 3 poin membuat Indonesia finis di posisi dua klasemen Grup F dengan 10 poin dari enam laga, hasil tiga kemenangan dari sekali seri. Posisi Merah Putih takkan bisa disalip Vietnam yang baru meraih 6 poin dari lima laga, terlepas hasil mereka melawan Irak yang akan digelar Rabu (12/6) pukul 01.00 WIB.


Indonesia akan menjalani putaran ketiga pada September 2024 – Juni 2025. 18 negara yang lolos dibagi ke dalam tiga grup, masing-masing berisi enam tim. Dua tim teratas lolos langsung ke Piala Dunia, sedangkan peringkat 3-4 akan menjalani putaran empat untuk memperebutkan sisa dua tiket langsung.

Keberhasilan menapak ke putaran tiga juga memastikan Indonesia lolos langsung ke Piala Asia 2027 yang akan digelar di Arab Saudi. Sedangkan Vietnam dan Filipina yang tersisih dari Kualifikasi Piala Dunia akan beralih mengikuti putaran ketiga Kualifikasi Piala Asia demi raih sisa enam tiket yang tersedia.

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Israeli tanks reach central Rafah as strikes continue

Rushdi Abu Alouf,David GrittenShare

Reuters A man and a young boy walk among ruins in Rafah

Israeli forces have reportedly reached the centre of the southern Gaza city of Rafah and seized a strategically important hill overlooking the nearby border with Egypt.

Witnesses and local journalists said tanks were stationed at al-Awda roundabout, which is considered a key landmark.

They also said tanks were on Zoroub Hill, effectively giving Israel control of the Philadelphi Corridor – a narrow strip of land running along the border to the sea.

The Israeli military said its troops were continuing activities against “terror targets” in Rafah, three weeks after it launched the ground operation there.

Western areas of the city also came under intense bombardment overnight, residents said, despite international condemnation of an Israeli air strike and a resulting fire on Sunday that killed dozens of Palestinians at a tented camp for displaced people.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the possibility that the fire was caused by the explosion of weapons stored by Hamas in the vicinity.

It also denied reports from local health and emergency services officials on Tuesday afternoon that tank shells had hit another camp in al-Mawasi, on the coast west of Rafah, killing at least 21 people.

Reuters news agency cited local health officials as saying the blast occurred after Israeli tank shells hit a cluster of tents in al-Mawasi on Tuesday. An official in the Hamas-run civil defence force also told AFP there had been a deadly Israeli strike on tents.

Videos posted to social media and analysed by BBC Verify showed multiple people with serious injuries, some lying motionless on the ground, near tents and other temporary structures.

There was no clear sign of a blast zone or crater, making it impossible to ascertain the cause of the incident. The location – verified through reference to surrounding buildings – is between Rafah and al-Mawasi, and lies south of the IDF’s designated humanitarian zone.

The IDF said in a statement: “Contrary to the reports from the last few hours, the IDF did not strike in the humanitarian area in al-Mawasi.”

Israel has insisted that victory in its seven-month war with Hamas in Gaza is impossible without taking Rafah and rejected warnings that it could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

The UN says around a million people have now fled the fighting in Rafah, but several hundred thousand more could still be sheltering there.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began what they called “targeted” ground operations against Hamas fighters and infrastructure in the east of Rafah on 6 May.

Since then, tanks and troops have gradually pushed into built-up eastern and central areas while also moving northwards along the 13km (8-mile) border with Egypt.

On Tuesday, they reportedly reached the city centre for the first time.

The al-Awda roundabout, which is only 800m (2,600 ft) from the border, is the location of major banks, government institutions, businesses, and shops.

One witness said they saw soldiers position themselves at the top of a building overlooking the roundabout and then begin to shoot at anyone who was moving.

Video posted online meanwhile showed tank track marks on a road about 3km west of al-Awda roundabout and 300m from the Indonesian field hospital, which was damaged overnight.

Reuters A Palestinian girl sits on top of possessions being transported by a cart in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip (28 May 2024)
The UN says around a million people have fled Rafah since the start of the Israeli ground operation in the city

Earlier, residents told the BBC that tanks seized Zoroub Hill, about 2.5km north-west of al-Awda roundabout, after gun battles with Hamas-led fighters.

The hill is highest point along the Egyptian border and its seizure means the entire Gazan side of the border is now effectively under Israeli control.

Zoroub Hill also overlooks western Rafah, where residents said there had been the heaviest air and artillery strikes overnight since the start of the Israeli operation.

A local journalist said the bombardment forced hundreds of families to seek temporary shelter in the courtyard of a hospital, while ambulances struggled to reach casualties in the affected areas.

At dawn, thousands of people were seen heading north, crammed into cars and lorries and onto carts pulled by donkeys and horses.

“The explosions are rattling our tent, my children are frightened, and my sick father makes it impossible for us to escape the darkness,” resident Khaled Mahmoud told the BBC.

“We are supposed to be in a safe zone according to the Israeli army, yet we have not received evacuation orders like those in the eastern [Rafah] region,” he added. “We fear for our lives if no-one steps in to protect us.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not comment on the various reports but put out a statement saying that “overnight troops operated on the Philadelphi Corridor while conducting precise operational activity based on intelligence indicating the presence of terror targets in the area”.

“The activity is being conducted as efforts are continuing to be made in order to prevent harm to uninvolved civilians in the area,” it added.

“The troops are engaging with terrorists in close-quarters combat and locating terror tunnel shafts, weapons, and additional terrorist infrastructure in the area.”

The IDF has told civilians in eastern Rafah to evacuate for their own safety to an “expanded humanitarian area” stretching from al-Mawasi, a coastal area just north of Rafah, to the central town of Deir al-Balah.

EPA A Palestinian woman reacts next to tents destroyed by a fire triggered by an Israeli air strike in western Rafah on Sunday, in the southern Gaza Strip (28 May 2024)
Israel’s prime minister said the killing of civilians in an air strike and resulting fire in Rafah on Sunday was a “tragedy”

On Sunday night, at least 45 people – more than half of them children, women and the elderly – were killed when an Israeli air strike triggered a huge fire in a camp for displaced people near a UN logistics base in the Tal al-Sultan area, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Hundreds more were treated for severe burns, fractures and shrapnel wounds.

The IDF said it was targeting two senior Hamas officials in the attack, which happened hours after Hamas fighters in south-eastern Rafah launched rockets towards the Israeli city of Tel Aviv for the first time in months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a “tragic incident” had occurred “despite our immense efforts to avoid harming non-combatants” and promised a thorough investigation.

IDF chief spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said on Tuesday that the strike had targeted a structure used by the Hamas commanders which was away from any tents, using “two munitions with small warheads”.

“Following this strike, a large fire ignited for reasons that are still being investigated. Our munitions alone could not have ignited a fire of this size,” he said.

Rear Adm Hagari added that investigators were looking into the possibility that the fire was caused by the explosion of weapons or ammunition stored in a nearby structure, and played what he said was an intercepted telephone conversation between two Gazans suggesting that. The audio recording could not immediately be verified.

Sam Rose of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, told the BBC from western Rafah that the killing of so many civilians could not be dismissed as an accident.

“Gaza was already one of the most overcrowded places on the planet. It is absolutely impossible to prosecute a military campaign involving large-scale munitions, strikes from the sky, the sea, the tanks, without exacting large-scale civilian casualties,” he said.

“It seems like we are plumbing new depths of horror, bloodshed and brutality with every single day. And if this isn’t a wake-up call, then it’s hard to see what will be.”

Last week, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group’s cross-border attack on southern Israel on 7 October, during which about 1,200 people were killed and 252 others were taken hostage.

At least 36,090 people have been killed in Gaza since then, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

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Domestic tourism soars in China but foreigners stay away

BBC/KATHERINA TSE A popular thing to do in Wuzhen is to pose for photos dressed in traditional hanfu clothing
A popular thing to do in Wuzhen is pose for photos dressed in traditional hanfu clothing

With the Chinese economy facing massive challenges, there have been concerns over its growth potential, at least in the immediate future.

Yet a key exception is emerging in the form of domestic tourism.

Last week’s five-day public holiday to mark labour day saw 295 million trips made within China, according to figures from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This was 28% higher than pre-pandemic figures recorded in 2019.

The Transport Ministry’s figures are also staggering: 92 million rail trips; almost 10 million air trips and 1.25 billion highway journeys.

However, this comes as international arrivals continue to lag, with foreigners currently entering China at barely 30% of 2019 levels. Why the disparity?

The beautiful historical river town of Wuzhen, a short drive from Shanghai, is considered one of China’s top visitor sites for travellers of all types. When we arrive the little pathways and old bridges which cross narrow waterways are filled with visitors.

A popular thing to do in Wuzhen is to pose for photos dressed in traditional hanfu clothing – as if you have really been transported back hundreds of years.

Two women in their 20s, friends since high school, are visiting from Jilin Province in the north east. After arriving, they spend an hour getting their hair done in an elaborate imperial-era style – and they are full of praise for Wuzhen’s classical beauty.

We ask if, following the post-Covid opening up, many of their family and other friends have been travelling much? “Of course, after the pandemic, we’re all visiting other places.”

Nearby a local man who is selling ice-creams also says tourist numbers are “not that bad lately”.

As good as before Covid? “Almost the same,” he replies.

Shopkeeper Wang Ying, who sells traditional snacks, echoes this sentiment with a big smile on her face. “Business is going well, and it’ll only get better.”

BBC/KATHERINA TSE Wuzhen is considered one of China's top visitor sites
Wuzhen is considered one of China’s top visitor sites

All this will be seen as good news for the Chinese government. It’s been saying that a push on domestic consumption can counter the significant faltering portions of the economy.

Major players in the once-mighty property sector are struggling to stay afloat, local government debt continues to rise, and persistent youth unemployment has left highly qualified university graduates uncertain of their future.

Amid all these challenges, the Communist Party has set a target of “around 5%” GDP growth for this year. Apart from the fact that analysts have long questioned the veracity of the country’s official growth figures, economists are also asking how such a target can be reached, in any genuine sense, in 2024 without significant extra stimulus.

One lifeline could be a more buoyant travel scene which could bring broader business opportunities and greater service industry employment.

Schubert Lou, chief operating officer at travel agency Trip.com, told the BBC: “We’ve seen very strong domestic travel demand with search volumes in hotels up 67% compared to last year, and flight volumes up 80%.”

Tourism industry consultant Peng Han from Travel Daily is following the investment trail to see how the business community really views the possibilities in the sector.

“With famous international hotel brands – like Intercontinental, Marriott and Hilton – you just have to look at their growth in China in 2023,” he says. “Then check the performance goals for these large hotel groups in 2024 which have also been set relatively high. This shows that they are very optimistic about the growth potential of the Chinese market.”

But, while the volume of local travellers might be up, Mr Peng does point to the problem of per capita consumption which remains persistently low.

He says general uncertainty about the Chinese economy is putting more emphasis on saving, so people are looking for good value options. They are going on holidays and paying for things but doing so much more frugally.

This is where an increase in big-spending foreigners could help. But they are simply not travelling to China in the numbers they used to.

In 2019, nearly 98 million international visitors came to the country. Last year it was only 35 million – including business trips, students and the like. Mr Lou describes the domestic versus international market as “uneven”.

For many in the tourism industry here specialising in services for foreign travellers, “uneven” would be an understatement. Three years of harsh Covid prevention measures drove down arrivals from other countries, but that alone can’t account for the current situation.

Huang Songshan, the head of the Centre for Tourism Research in the School of Business and Law at Australia’s Edith Cowan University, blames this weakness in part to “the shifting geopolitical landscape globally”.

Getty Images Chinese performer
China’s culture and heritage has traditionally been a big draw for tourists

In the peer-reviewed East Asia Forum, he pointed to a 2023 survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre, writing that, “Most individuals in Western nations hold unfavourable views towards China. The Chinese government’s tightening grip on societal regulations could potentially cause discomfort for foreign travellers in China.”

Official travel advice from some governments echo this sentiment, at times quite harshly.

Washington warns potential travellers to “reconsider travel to Mainland China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions”.

Australia advises “a high degree of caution” warning that “Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention or harsh enforcement of local laws, including broadly defined National Security Laws”.

The political environment has also taken a toll on flight availability and price. This is especially the case with connections to and from North America. Last month’s 332 scheduled round trips between China and the US contrasts with 1,506 in April 2019.

As a result, finding a seat on a direct flight can be extremely difficult and those that are available are very expensive.

President Xi Jinping made a speech at a dinner on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in San Francisco last November addressing this point. “Today, President Biden and I reached important consensus,” he told the crowd.

“Our two countries will roll out more measures to facilitate travels and promote people-to-people exchanges, including increasing direct passenger flights, holding a high-level dialogue on tourism, and streamlining visa application procedures. We hope that our two peoples will make more visits, contacts and exchanges and write new stories of friendship in the new era.”

Washington has since increased the number of Chinese airline flights permitted to land – but only from 35 per week to 50. It is still well short of the 150 weekly trips pre-Covid.

The Biden administration is coming under pressure from unions and US airlines to not increase this any further because, they argue, Chinese airlines have an unfair advantage over them as they have state support; don’t face the same onerous Chinese regulations; and, crucially, can fly over Russian airspace, making trips shorter and cheaper.

A letter to the US government from the Chair of the House Committee on China, Mike Gallagher, and the committee’s top Democrat representative, Raja Krishnamoorthi, reads: “Should the US-China passenger carrier market expand without the US government addressing these significant issues, US aviation workers, travellers and airlines will pay a hefty price tag.”

Mr Lou says the frequency of international flight connections is definitely having an impact.

“What we are seeing right now, based on civil aviation data, is that inbound flight capacity won’t get back to even 80% of 2019 [levels] by the end of 2024.”

Then there are other potential turnoffs for those considering travelling in China, like the country’s state-of-the-art phone app payment and booking systems which work very smoothly for Chinese citizens and residents, but which can be an enormous headache if you have just arrived.

There are certain sites, transport options, and purchases which can only be accessed via Chinese electronic apps which are, at times, only available in Chinese.

Professor Chen Yong at Switzerland’s EHL Hospitality Business School is an authority on the economics of tourism in China. He thinks that hurdles relating to payment and booking apps can pose a real problem.

“Technologies such as social network websites, online maps, payment apps, among others, which foreigners have long been accustomed to using, are either unavailable or inaccessible when they travel to China,” he says.

“On the other hand, there are Chinese alternatives to these technologies that remain inaccessible to foreigners due to language barriers and differences in user habits. We need to bridge this divide because it affects the tourist industry badly.”

Back in Wuzhen, the presence of international travellers is much smaller than in years gone by, but there are still a few foreign faces in the crowd.

An Italian couple says the process of linking up to and using China’s payment apps was a challenge but that it was not insurmountable, though they add, with a laugh, that it is “much, much, much easier” if you have a Chinese friend to help you.

BBC/KATHERINA TSE Woman and child pose for selfies
Chinese officials have acknowledged that the foreign traveller numbers have been low but they are trying to turn this around

Eliseo, from California, says he has had problems making payments to small vendors who don’t accept credit cards and really no longer deal with cash. Another hurdle for him has been his bank at home which has blocked some payments, flagging them as potentially fraudulent coming from China.

Chinese officials have acknowledged that the foreign traveller numbers have been low but they are now trying to turn this around.

One way they’re attempting to attract more foreign visitors is by increasing the number of countries whose citizens don’t need a visa to enter. Trip.com says this resulted in an almost immediate increase in passenger arrivals from Southeast Asia.

In 23 Chinese cities, transit passengers from more than 50 countries are also able to stay for a few days visa free if they have an onward ticket. In Shanghai, hotels above a three-star level have been told that they should prepare to deal with international credit cards and an initial batch of 50 taxis have also started accepting them.

However, Professor Chen says “it would be too optimistic to envision a long-term growth in China’s inbound tourism”.

“The key is to establish a culture that puts service providers in the shoes of foreign tourists. They should imagine themselves being a foreigner who can’t speak or read Chinese and who doesn’t have a Chinese mobile number, payments apps and so on.”

He says that the culture around this can’t be changed overnight.

Yet, in places like Wuzhen – where the local travellers have already returned – the tourism companies are hoping that incredible sites like theirs will eventually be too much for foreigners to resist as well.

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Lok Sabha 2024: The influencers driving India’s big election

BBC InfluencersBBCInfluencers like Ranting Gola (left) and Sham Sharma are using their social media presence to promote political parties

Just weeks before the first ballot was cast in this year’s Indian election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at an event in Delhi rubbing shoulders with people known by names like BeerBiceps and Curly Tales.

The event – an awards show, congratulating some of the country’s top social media stars on their work – was an acknowledgement of the power of the influencer which a few years ago may have seemed unimaginable.

And as politicians prepared to battle it out for India’s billion votes, these influencers were being lined up to play a crucial role in reaching the young, the disinterested and the disillusioned.

But even as some celebrate social media’s democratisation of the media – a place where any one can share their views freely – others paint a darker picture, one where threats are rife, and the truth can be set aside for the right pay cheque.

A decade ago, you would have struggled to find anyone calling themselves an “influencer”.

But now, says Vinay Deshpande, co-founder of Rajneethi, a political management consultant firm, “it’s become a profession”.

“I know teenagers who are doing this part-time to earn pocket money.”

Pocket money underplays the earning potential somewhat, however. At the lower end, people can charge around 2,000 rupees ($24; £19) a day, but top influencers can pull in about 500,000 rupees for a post – equivalent to the monthly salary of someone in top-level management.

The creator of the Ranting Gola channel revealed to the BBC that political parties and election management firms have offered as much as “100,000 to 500,000 rupees for a single campaign”.

It is no small amount – but then, it could turn the tide in a candidate’s favour.

Influencers
Presentational grey line

Mr Deshpande says they have helped an opposition candidate win an assembly election by pushing out content through a curated list of local influencers with a small but active following.

“Social media content is powerful and can influence the way a person feels about an issue,” Mr Deshpande says. “It gives social currency to a belief or opinion – but this can lead to a lack of critical thinking about an issue,” he adds.

Preethi Aggarwal, 25, is one of those who turns to apps like Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to help her understand the news.

Like thousands of others, Ms Aggarwal follows a bunch of “political influencers”, or people who talk about politics on social media to “really understand what’s going on”.

“News can get boring and complicated sometimes. I think these people [influencers] make it fun and easier to understand,” she says, adding the context and their own perspective help her form her opinions.

But the problem is, whose perspective is she getting?

PMO India / YouTube InfluencersPMO India / YouTubePM Modi congratulated Ranveer Allahbadia (left, known as BeerBiceps) and other influencers at a recent event

YouTuber Samdish Bhatia reveals numerous politicians have reached out to him, especially in the months before this election, offering him millions of rupees to interview them.

“But they wanted me to share questions in advance or get the video approved before it’s published,” he says, adding that he declined the offers because he “likes to maintain editorial control”.

The particular trend for longer form, slightly chummy interviews – where politicians get to show off their human side – is particularly vulnerable to management, says Joyojeet Pal, an associate professor at the University of Michigan.

“Many of these interviews are carefully managed by politicians,” Mr Pal says.

But even if they aren’t, a gentler style of questioning can also blur the line between interview and promotion, says Mr Pal.

“If your questions aren’t holding power to account, then the interview just becomes a platform for easy publicity.”

But for Mr Pal, this is just one of the problems he sees with politics on social media.

In a recent research paper, he examined some of India’s top influencers and who they interviewed, finding BJP leaders were featured more often than opposition leaders.

His research also found an overall drop in the number of accounts posting content critical of the incumbent government in recent years, while the amount of pro-BJP content had increased.

“This hints at a growing hesitancy among people to be openly critical of the government whereas there seems to be more confidence in putting up polarising content or content that supports the government’s ideologies,” Mr Pal says.

“And this is dangerous for democracy,” he adds.

Getty Images InfluencersGetty ImagesEven in the most remote areas, Indians have access to a mobile phone and internet

Influencers supporting the opposition certainly suggested they were working in a hostile environment.

A number who post content that’s critical of the government declined to speak to the BBC for this piece citing fear of repercussions by the government. They also run their channels under pseudonyms to keep their identities secret.

The Ranting Gola told the BBC that she has often received comments that are abusive or threatening because of the videos she posts and that her Instagram account has been disabled numerous times, even though the platform hasn’t given her a clear reason for doing so.

She also only spoke to the BBC on the condition that her name not be revealed.

The BJP government has denied allegations that it has clamped down on dissent and free speech.

But even pro-BJP YouTuber Sham Sharma told the BBC that freedom of speech could be a problem in India:

0:52YouTuber Sham Sharma talks about the positives and perils of sharing his views online.

But even given these concerns, opposition parties are using the same influencer system to reach voters in what they say is a difficult environment.

“The mainstream media has been taken over by the BJP,” alleges Supriya Srinate, who heads social media for the Congress party.

“Our funds have been frozen; we have no money to advertise,” she adds, referring to action taken by India’s tax department weeks before the elections. Congress leaders have accused the government of political vendetta, but the government has denied the allegation and said that the federal department was doing its job independently.

Influencers, Ms Srinate argues, are a good way to reach voters as a result of these alleged hurdles, explaining the Congress has been working with “volunteers” who believe in the party’s ideology and want to share its work on social media.

Ankit Lal, former political advisor of the opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), agrees that influencers have helped democratise the publicity landscape.

Akash Banerjee, a former journalist who runs the YouTube channel, The DeshBhakt, argues that influencers are also able to push boundaries more than the traditional media can.

He cites the video ‘Is India becoming a dictatorship?’ – made by popular content creator Dhruv Rathee, who is based in Germany – which takes on the government directly, and has been viewed about 24 million times on YouTube so far. The government hasn’t reacted to the video yet.

“After the video, the term ‘dictatorship’ has popped up more in conversations, and this is something that has never happened before,” Mr Banerjee says.

“Our job as influencers may not be to open the window and check if it’s really raining, but we owe it to the nation to take a look outside the window and let people know if dark clouds are approaching and that they can do something about it by voting.”

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Baltimore sues owner and manager of ‘unseaworthy’ Dali over bridge collapse

Getty Images An aerial view the morning after the bridge collapseGetty ImagesThe Dali was a ‘clearly unseaworthy’ ship with ‘an incompetent crew’, the city of Baltimore argued in a lawsuit filed Monday

Baltimore has sued the operators of the container ship that hit and destroyed one of the US city’s main bridges last month, killing six people.

The city says the Dali was “clearly unseaworthy” and accuses its owners and manager of negligence.

The ship’s Singapore-based owner and manager have already asked a court to limit their liability.

The region is reeling from the closure of its busiest maritime transit port after the span collapsed on 26 March.

“None of this should have happened,” attorneys representing the Baltimore mayor and city council argued in a federal lawsuit.

The city is asking the US District Court of Maryland for a jury trial to hold the defendants fully liable.

Naming the Dali’s owner, Grace Ocean Private Limited, and its manager, Synergy Marine Private Limited, the suit alleges the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s collapse was a direct result of their “gross negligence, and recklessness, and as a result of the unseaworthiness of the Vessel”.

On 1 April, Grace Ocean and Synergy Marine petitioned the same federal court in Maryland to cap its responsibility for the incident.

Citing a pre-Civil War maritime law, the pair of companies estimated their liability for the vessel and the cargo’s value at $43.6m (£35m).

Monday’s court filing from the city of Baltimore rebuts that number as “substantially less than the amount that will be claimed for losses and damages arising out of the Dali’s allision with the Key Bridge”.

The path taken by the cargo ship – which was exiting the Port of Baltimore under the Key Bridge – is “no stranger to large freighters”, the city’s representatives wrote.

They said the vessel “had been experiencing an inconsistent power supply” that was either not investigated or not fixed.

“The Dali left port anyway, despite its clearly unseaworthy condition,” said the lawsuit.

The filing also says the Dali was manned by “an incompetent crew that was inattentive to its duties” and “lacked proper training”.

Contains upsetting scenes.Tracking data shows the path of the Dali container towards the bridge

On Friday, port officials opened a third temporary channel for boats to enter and exit the corridor, but these channels can only sustain about 15% of pre-collapse commercial activity.

A fourth channel, that will allow most traffic back into the port, is expected to open by the end of the month.

Darrell Wilson, an attorney who represents Synergy Marine and is also handling media inquiries on behalf of Grace Ocean, told the BBC it would be inappropriate to comment on the litigation while federal investigations into the collapse were ongoing.

New drone video shows close-up view of debris from the Baltimore bridge collapse

Six construction workers who were fixing potholes died when the bridge collapsed. Two of the bodies have yet to be recovered.

Workers are still extracting thousands of tonnes of debris from the water and from atop the stationary Dali, whose original schedule would have seen it arrive at a Sri Lankan port on Monday.

Apart from two of the ship’s pilots, 21 crew members – almost all of whom are of Indian origin – remain on the ship. There is no timeline yet for when the crew will disembark or head back to sea.

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Teori konspirasi ‘pemeran pengganti’ Kate Middleton menyebar di media sosial

The Sun mempublikasikan gambar Putri Wales di luar sebuah toko pertanian dekat Windsor.
Keterangan gambar,The Sun mempublikasikan gambar Putri Wales di luar sebuah toko pertanian dekat Windsor.

“Itu pasti pemeran pengganti! Tidak mungkin itu Kate!”

Video pertama yang muncul di linimasa media sosial saya pagi ini menampilkan seorang detektif amatir yang memaparkan sebuah teori konspirasi palsu.

Menurut dia, rekaman gambar Putri Wales sedang berjalan di luar sebuah toko bersama suaminya, yang diterbitkan oleh surat kabar the Sun, sebenarnya diperankan seorang pemeran profesional tersohor.

Tidak ada bukti yang mengonfirmasi teori ini.

Ini adalah contoh terbaru dari teori palsu yang menyebar di media sosial tentang kesehatan Putri Catherine alias Kate Middleton.

Baik pertanyaan tulus maupun klaim liar dipicu oleh absennya Kate di muka umum setelah menjalani operasi perut pada bulan Januari.

Istana Kensington mengatakan sang putri sedang dalam pemulihan dan diperkirakan akan kembali menjalankan tugas-tugas publik setelah Paskah.

Kehebohan media sosial ini, yang sebagian juga dipicu media massa dan mengisi kekosongan informasi, mencerminkan hal serupa yang pernah saya investigasi. Hal ini menyebabkan kerugian serius pada orang-orang nyata yang menjadi subyek teori konspirasi.

Teori seperti ini dapat melukai keluarga dan teman, dan lebih luas lagi, dapat mengikis kepercayaan publik.

Pembicaraan media sosial yang sudah aktif tentang Catherine semakin memanas setelah terungkap bahwa fotonya bersama anak-anaknya pada Hari Ibu yang dirilis Istana di media sosial, ternyata sudah diedit.

Sang putri kemudian meminta maaf dan mengaku bertanggung jawab atas pengeditan gambar tersebut.

Kate Middleton bersama keluarga
Keterangan gambar,Foto Hari Ibu Putri Wales yang mengundang kontroversi.

Rekaman sang putri bersama Pangeran William di toko tidak terindikasi dimanipulasi dengan cara apa pun. Tetap saja ini memicu lebih banyak teori konspirasi – dan juga satir.

Teori konspirasi body-double alias pemeran pengganti yang berawal dari media sosial tidak hanya direkomendasikan di linimasa TikTok saya.

Teori ini juga dipromosikan kepada saya di X, yang sebelumnya dikenal sebagai Twitter. Kedua algoritma situs tersebut mendorong konten berdasarkan apa yang menurut mereka ingin dilihat pengguna.

Sepanjang hari, puluhan video dan posting lain yang mempromosikan teori konspirasi ini secara aktif direkomendasikan kepada saya di “For You Page” TikTok dan linimasa di X.

Dalam waktu kurang dari 24 jam, klaim palsu tentang body-double telah ditonton lebih dari 12 juta kali di X dan lebih dari 11 juta kali di TikTok berdasarkan data internal media sosial tersebut.

Di X, akun-akun tersebut seringkali berasal dari AS. Akun-akun ini didedikasikan untuk mengunggah sesuatu tentang Putri Wales hampir setiap jam. Beberapa akun memiliki centang biru.

Dulu, tanda centang biru diberikan kepada akun yang terverifikasi. Sekarang, centang baru bisa dibeli dengan imbalan konten yang mendapatkan lebih banyak penempatan di situs media sosial.

Saya mengirim pesan ke puluhan pengguna TikTok di seluruh dunia yang mengunggah video ini. Banyak di antara mereka memperbesar dan menganalisis fitur wajah Putri Wales, kemudian membandingkannya dengan fitur wajah sang peniru.

Kate Middleton

Akun pengguna TikTok asal AS bernama Esmerelda menjangkau 2,9 juta orang dengan video body-double miliknya.

Kepada saya, Esmerelda mengaku sebelumnya tidak pernah mengunggah konten tentang Keluarga Kerajaan. Namun, kali ini, dia termotivasi oleh “kekhawatiran publik yang nyata”.

“Saya biasanya mencoba menanggapi orang-orang yang membuat klaim, dan merangkum apa yang dikatakan secara umum – terlepas dari apakah saya setuju dengan teori yang sama atau tidak,” tuturnya.

“Jika saya mengetahui teori tertentu [yang] dari orang-orang ternyata salah, maka saya tidak pernah ragu untuk membuat video lain dan berkata: ‘Hei, teori ini sekarang telah dibantah dan inilah alasannya.'”

Carry, seorang pengguna di Jerman yang membagikan teori konspirasi yang sama, mengatakan kepada saya bahwa dia tidak “merasa bersalah” tentang unggahan TikTok-nya.

“Menurut saya, kebaikan terbesar adalah kebebasan berekspresi, dan ini juga harus diizinkan untuk direpresentasikan di media sosial.”

Media massa juga telah dituduh membagikan ulang teori konspirasi tanpa bukti yang diunggah secara daring.

Namun di media sosial-lah konten tersebut tampaknya paling ekstrem, dan konten tersebut menjangkau jutaan orang – jauh lebih banyak daripada media tradisional dalam banyak hal.

Meskipun tidak ada indikasi bahwa rekaman belanja telah diubah dengan cara apa pun, para detektif amatir tersebut terus membagikan video seperti ini – mengumpulkan jutaan penayangan dan pengikut baru juga.

Menurut pedoman TikTok, media sosial tersebut tidak mengizinkan “konten yang menyesatkan, atau palsu yang dapat menyebabkan kerugian signifikan bagi individu atau masyarakat, terlepas dari niatnya”.

Pihak TikTok sebelumnya juga mengatakan situs tersebut “mengurangi jangkauan konten yang mempromosikan konspirasi” tentang Keluarga Kerajaan dan kelompok kuat lainnya yang menjadi bagian dari plot jahat tanpa bukti.

X [Platform media sosial lain] tidak menanggapi permintaan komentar dari BBC.

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Israel’s PM Netanyahu lays out Gaza plan for after the war

Palestinians queue for water in Rafah (file photo)
Image caption,Under Mr Netanyahu’s plan, Palestinians with no links to armed groups would run Gaza

By Jenny Hill

BBC News, Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has laid out his vision for a post-war Gaza.

Under his plan Israel would control security indefinitely, and Palestinians with no links to groups hostile to Israel would run the territory.

The US, Israel’s major ally, wants the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) to govern Gaza after the war.

But the short document – which Mr Netanyahu presented to ministers last night – makes no mention of the PA.

He has previously ruled out a post-war role for the internationally backed body.

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He envisages a “demilitarised” Gaza; Israel would be responsible for removing all military capability beyond that necessary for public order.

There would be a “Southern Closure” on the territory’s border with Egypt to prevent smuggling both under- and overground.

And “de-radicalisation” programmes would be promoted in all religious, educational and welfare institutions. The document suggests Arab countries with experience of such programmes would be involved, though Mr Netanyahu has not specified which.

Under the plan Israel would also maintain security control over the entire area west of Jordan from land, sea and air.

Mr Netanyahu has been under pressure – at home and internationally – to publish proposals for Gaza since he began his military operation. He is keen to restore a crumbling reputation as a leader who can keep Israel safe and will want to appeal to right wing hardliners in his coalition government.

A spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the PA, said Mr Netanyahu’s plan was doomed to fail.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh said: “If the world is genuinely interested in having security and stability in the region, it must end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and recognise an independent Palestinian state.”

Mr Netanyahu repeated his rejection of any unilateral recognition by Western countries of a Palestinian state.

On Friday US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US was opposed to any reoccupation of Gaza by Israel as well as any reduction in the size of the territory.

“Gaza… cannot be a platform for terrorism. There should be no Israeli reoccupation of Gaza. The size of Gaza territory should not be reduced,” he said at a G20 ministers meeting in Argentina.

Meanwhile negotiators trying to broker a temporary ceasefire and the release of Israeli hostages are expected to meet in Paris.

The US wants a deal in place before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in just over a fortnight.

And, as the humanitarian situation worsens in Gaza, there is international pressure too for the war to end. The Hamas-run Ministry of Health reports that more than 29,500 people, mostly women and children, have been killed since the war began in October.

Israel’s military offensive was triggered by Hamas’s unprecedented attack on 7 October in which gunmen killed about 1,200 people – mainly civilians – and took 253 back to Gaza as hostages.

Overnight the head of the UN body responsible for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) warned that Gaza faces a “monumental disaster with grave implications for regional peace, security and human rights”.

In a letter to the president of the UN general assembly, Philippe Lazzarini said the agency “has reached breaking point, with Israel’s repeated calls to dismantle Unrwa and the freezing of funding by donors at a time of unprecedented humanitarian needs in Gaza”.

Some of Unrwa’s biggest donors suspended funding for the agency last month after Unrwa sacked several of its staff amid allegations by Israel that they had participated in the October attacks.

Mr Netanyahu aims to close the agency as part of his post-war plan and replace it with – as yet unspecified – international aid organisations.

And he has insisted that he will continue his war until Israel has dismantled Hamas and Islamic Jihad – the second largest armed group in Gaza – and all Israeli hostages are returned.

At the end of 2023, Mr Netanyahu warned the war could go on for “many more months”.

Meanwhile the US has described Israel’s expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank as inconsistent with international law.

“Our administration maintains a firm opposition to settlement expansion, and in our judgment this only weakens, doesn’t strengthen Israel’s security,” Mr Blinken said.

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