Fact-checking center warns of disinformation about virus outbreak in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan FactCheck Center (TFC) has warned of a surge of disinformation disseminated on Facebook about the escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Taiwan, which has ...

Quarantine violators in Taiwan could be slapped with NT$1 million fine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Violators of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) home quarantine measures could face a fine of up to NT$1 million (US$32,900), according to a suite of special measures proposed b...

Taiwan tech team wins $US175,000 in US-funded competition to combat disinformation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese tech team has been awarded $US175,000 in a competition funded by the U.S. Department of State to seek solutions to counter disinformation. A team of six mem...

US-Taiwan competition to grant US$250,000 to tech gurus developing tools to counter disinformation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A US-led technology competition with a focus on fighting disinformation entered its final round on Wednesday (Feb. 19), with at least one winning team to be chosen on Thur...

Video of Pelosi brings renewed attention to 'cheapfakes'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The issue of misleading political messages on social media arose again last week, when President Trump tweeted out an edited video showing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi repeat...

Clampdown on coronavirus fake news risks eroding free speech in Asia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Free speech across Asia could be undermined as governments scramble to crack down on misinformation that has run rampant on social media amid the growing threat of the Wuh...

Online conspiracy theories flourish after Iowa caucus fiasco

CHICAGO (AP) — Monday night could not have gone better for online troublemakers who have spent years propagating false or misleading conspiracy theories on the internet that the U.S. election is rigge...

Taiwan mulls ID-based system for surgical mask acquisition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party has proposed an identity-based system for the purchase of surgical masks as Taiwan continues to see shortages amid Wuhan coronavirus ...

Election officials get training before 2020 voting begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — When state election officials gathered ahead of the last presidential election, major topics were voter registration, identity theft and ballot design. This year, the main theme is e...

EU: Russia, China use 'digital war' to undermine democracies

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia and China are waging a “digital war” with fake news and disinformation to undermine democracy in Europe, and the European Union must develop tools to fight back, a top EU offici...

AP-NORC poll: GOP more fired up for 2020, Democrats anxious

When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, Democrats are nervous wrecks and Republican excitement has grown. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center ...

Misinformation pledge gains a supporter in presidential race

CHICAGO (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday in a presidential campaign pledge to avoid the use of fake news, manipulated images or online mis...

Ethics panel warns House members not to share fake images

The House Ethics Committee is warning lawmakers not to share doctored images or videos that could “erode public trust, effect public discourse, or sway an election," guidance that comes during a proli...

Lessons learned from 2016, but US faces new election threats

It’s been more than three years since Russia's sweeping and systematic effort to interfere in U.S. elections through disinformation on social media, stolen campaign emails and attacks on voting syste...

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Heiko Maas ...