SECURITY THREAT:The ability to spread rumors and mobilize people on a large scale requires an organized entity to coordinate the effort, unnamed sources said
Date: Jul 23, 2017
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The government is planning to establish an Internet site to refute online rumors in light
of alleged Internet manipulation of government information, sources said yesterday.
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) recently posted information on its Web site promoting a government policy to reduce burning incense and joss paper at temples, but it was described online as a ban on burning incense and joss paper, which prompted irate templegoers to march in Taipei today.
While the groups agreed to change the event from a protest to a parade following negotiations with the government, President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration has seen the potential damage of online rumors, the sources said.
Each ministry has its own task force to monitor rumors and fake news, Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tsung-tsong (吳政忠) said.
The task forces determine which information is controversial and submit the information for verification with the relevant agency, which issues a press release for clarification if the news is erroneous, Wu said. [FULL STORY]