Rumor-quashing Web site planned

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

Taipei Times
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

Minister Without Portfolio Wu Tsung-tsong speaks at a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei on March 21. Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

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]

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