DPP influencer Slow Yang charged with spreading fake news, causing death of Taiwanese diplomat in Japan
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese influencer and an internet troll have been charged withspreading fake news about the director of Taiwan's representative office in Osaka, Japan, which ultimately leading him to commit suicide.
After thousands of Taiwanese became trapped in Japan by Typhoon Jebi and an earthquake in Hokkaido in September of last year, the representative office in Osaka faced a tsunami of criticism online for allegedly not providing sufficient assistance in terms of evacuations and accommodations.
In an apparent response to the scathing criticism, Su Chii-cherng (蘇啓誠), the director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Osaka, committed suicide on Sept. 14.
On Monday (Dec. 2), the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office announced that it is formally charging the pro-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) "Green Camp Internet Army" leader Slow Yang (楊蕙如) and online troll Tsai Fu-ming (蔡福明) with spreading fake news about the Osaka office's handling of the disaster, ultimately compelling its director to commit suicide. [FULL STORY]