Chinese Trolls Are Spreading Coronavirus Hoaxes In Taiwan

“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

Devotees wearing protective masks pray at the Lungshan Temple in Taipei on Jan. 28.

The messages appeared on Facebook at the end of February, each making the same explosive claim: Taiwan’s government had lied about the number of coronavirus infections and deaths.

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]

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