By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin
Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Saturday warned the public not
to become unwitting tools of Chinese propaganda as Beijing ramps up efforts to spread fake news through social media aimed at creating division in society.
In a Facebook post, the premier accused China of taking advantage of Taiwan’s openness to spread false information to disrupt local society and encourage confrontation among the people of Taiwan.
The communist regime will use all means at its disposal to pressure Taiwan, not just military intimidation, Su wrote, noting that Beijing uses a multitude of methods to realize its objective, especially through the internet.
Earlier in the day while attending a religious temple ceremony in New Taipei, he was asked about rumors suggesting China has recently been trying to create a local cyber army that leans toward Beijing through social media and local websites.