China using fake news to divide Taiwan

‘UNEQUIVOCAL EVIDENCE’: Considering the state of the nation’s online ecology, China does not really need an Internet brigade to divide Taiwanese society, an academic said

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 16, 2018
By: Chien Li-chung, Chung Li-hua and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The Chinese government is using online content farms to create fake news to manipulate

Premier William Lai tells a forum of prosecutors in Taipei on Aug. 13 to stay vigilant about fake news.  Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

Taiwanese public opinion and polarize society, the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau said, citing a bureau analysis of several online articles that have stirred controversy in Taiwan.

The bureau has established a big-data and public opinion task force to monitor the spread of fake news on social media on instructions from the National Security Bureau, it said on Friday.

The probe found “unequivocal evidence” that Beijing was responsible for several fake news articles that aimed to manipulate Taiwanese public opinion, it said. [FULL  STORY]

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