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Spreading fake news on agricultural products to draw stiff fines

2019/06/21 19:11:43

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Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Individuals or groups who spread fake news about agricultural products that affects market prices will be subject to stiff fines, according to amendments passed by the Legislative Yuan on Friday.

Under amendments to the Agricultural Products Market Transaction Act, anyone who knowingly spreads false information that affects the pricing of agricultural produce will be subject to fines ranging from NT$60,000 (US$1,931) to NT$300,000.

It could involve spreading rumors on pricing or harvests to drive prices up or down or price of a certain crop, or reporting news on harvests that are known to be false.

The bill also covers fines for the spreading of fake news that disrupts the distribution of agricultural products.

Also on Friday, the Legislature passed an amendment to the Food Administration Act that penalizes people or groups for spreading misinformation about all food products that affects their pricing and production.

Anyone caught committing such acts will be subject to fines of between NT$60,000 to NT$300,000, according to the amendment.

(By Liu Kuan-ting and Ko Lin)