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Bureau will continue to monitor, fight fake news: CIB

2018/11/12 22:04:04

Photo courtesy of the Criminal Investigation Bureau

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) The government will boost its ability to monitor and combat fake news, including prosecuting those who break the law by spreading false information, to protect domestic security and social order, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Monday.

A special task force aimed at combating online fake news was recently established, and it has asked social networking and internet search engine providers Facebook and Google to provide help in finding the source of the fake news when necessary, according to the CIB.

Citing a photo-shopped picture of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posing with Ethan Gutmann that has been floating around the internet, the bureau said the case is still under investigation, and it could not comment further on the matter.

In 2014, the American writer accused Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) of acting indirectly to help rich Taiwanese seeking to receive organ transplants in China, many of which have been said to be harvested from Falun Gong members.

Gutmann's charges against Ko returned to the limelight in October to launch the Chinese version of his book on China's organ market, ahead of Ko's bid for re-election on Nov. 24.

During a recent forum in Taipei, President Tsai said fake news poses challenges not only to Taiwan but to all like-minded countries across the region.

"In response to China's continued spreading of fake news on the internet that is intended to influence global opinion, the international community should stay on high alert and work together against its negative effects," Tsai was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Presidential Office in September.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)