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Taiwan tycoon Terry Gou opens official Facebook account to fight disinformation

The platform will be used to promote his beliefs and information he considers worth spreading

Terry Gou (Photo/FB@TerryGou1018)

Terry Gou (Photo/FB@TerryGou1018)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese tycoon and Foxconn chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) introduced his official Facebook page Thursday, in a move to counter false stories and rumors about him spreading via a host of fake accounts on the social media platform.

In his opening remarks posted around noon on Jan. 31, Gou noted that the page was established with the assistance of the Yonglin Foundation (永齡基金會), a charity co-founded by him and his late wife Serena Lin (林淑如) in 2000.

According to Gou, the public has developed collective anxiety over the authenticity of online information in an era characterized by robust social networking activity, hence the decision to open an official account.

The prominent businessman says the page will be dedicated to promoting his philosophies, values, and information he considers worth spreading to like-minded fellows. “I may not be the most successful person, but I believe I’m a person who exerts every effort to advance my career,” Gou noted.

Gou also emphasized his patriotism in a comment about the year-end banquet for Hon Hai Technology Group to be held this Saturday. The event will feature a session of him singing the national anthem and a marketplace featuring merchandise provided by charity organizations and agriculture associations.