Man faces charges for spreading rumor of ‘collapsed building’ in Kaohsiung

Building man claimed had ‘collapsed’ was actually Kaohsiung Port Terminal construction project

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/12/08
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Image used in false rumor. (Facebook photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese netizen now faces charges after he started a false rumor on Thursday (Dec. 6) that a building at the Port of Kaohsiung had collapsed, reported UDN.

On Thursday, a 34-year-old netizen, identified as Fan Chiang (范姜), posted a message on the Facebook group Breaking News Commune (爆料公社) showing images of a steel structure seemingly bent and lying on the ground with the text “The Port Service Tower has collapsed on the seaside road.” Many netizens soon believed that an accident occurred, but after local media verified with the Kaohsiung Fire Department and the Lingya Precinct of the Kaohsiung Police department that no accidents occurred, a search began to find the source of the rumor.

Kaohsiung Port Police found that the netizen lived in New Taipei City and the Sanxia Precinct of the New Taipei City Police Department coordinated with them to track down the person responsible for the post. Sanxia District police traced the post to Fan Chiang, a resident of New Taipei City’s Yingge District, and at 10 a.m. yesterday (Dec. 7) he went into the police station for questioning.    [FULL  STORY]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.