“Even in five years of looking at troubling disinfo every day, I'm not sure I've ever seen anything quite this malicious.”BuzzFeed News
Date: March 5, 2020
By: Craig SilvermanBuzzFeed News Reporter
The posts, written in Mandarin, claimed an unnamed Taiwanese legislator was secretly revealing the cover-up. “I’m really angry right now, don’t the Taiwanese deserve to know these things?” the posts said.
The content from the Facebook posts were also shared on Weibo, a major Chinese social media platform, and similar claims spread on Twitter and YouTube.
The claim was false, and rapidly shown to be so by the Taiwan FactCheck Center, a nonprofit reporting organization. Taiwan’s government has not been lying about the number of cases, which currently stands at 44, including one death. [FULL STORY]