Online system to combat ‘fake news’

FAKE NEWS NOTICE:A tool to be developed by third parties would send Internet users a notice if the material they are about to post contains false information

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 17, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) yesterday said the government would not resort to

Executive Yuan spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung yesterday said the government would commission a third party to establish a fact-checking mechanism to curb fake news online. Photo: CNA

legislation to curb “fake news,” but would — through “Internet governance” — commission a third party to establish a fact-checking mechanism.

Calls for anti-infiltration regulation and amendments to the Fundamental Communications Act (通訊傳播基本法) have been made in response to increasing reports of “fake news” on the Internet and the spread of false information.

“The freedom of speech and human rights protections that Taiwanese enjoy today are the fruit of the toil and blood of the nation’s countless democracy pioneers. The government will not allow any damage to be done to them,” Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) quoted the premier as saying.    [FULL  STORY]

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