Never say ‘fake news!’ Plus other advice from Taiwan on countering disinformation

The Star
Date: Dec. 24, 2020
By: Jeremy NuttallVancouver Bureau

VANCOUVER — Taiwan’s success in battling online disinformation campaigns can yield lessons for other countries also struggling to counter false narratives and mistruths shared online, says the country’s digital minister.

Audrey Tang said disinformation campaigns meant to interfere with Taiwan’s democracy and society launched by mainland China have given Taiwan an edge in developing ways to counter such campaigns, methods other nations can implement.

“The importance, here, is that we are kind of in the front line,” Tang told the Star. “So, the more we share our counter-cyber security or counter-disinformation playbook, the more time other jurisdictions have in preparedness.”

Disinformation campaigns were in full swing in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic spread and the United States held its presidential election. Since the Nov. 3 election, efforts attempting to discredit the validity of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory have emerged.    [FULL  STORY]

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