Cabinet launches website to combat fake news

Taipei, A news section aimed at combating the spread of fake news and providing the public with reliable and accurate information has been added to the Executive Yuan's official website, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (???) said Thursday.

The feature, titled "Real-time News Clarification," officially went online at 5 p.m. Thursday, and reports from nearly two dozen news sources have already been included on the site, discussing such issues as the government's New Southbound Policy and military pension reform.

The website will identify erroneous reporting and an effort will be made to refute and stamp out information deliberately created to confuse or misinform by presenting the facts, Hsu explained.

Examples of misinformation will be collected from local print publications, including magazines and newspapers, as well as online media, he said.

Fake news is powerful and spreads quickly because it often deliberately plays on the fears and anger of readers, the spokesman said.

Echoing comments made by Premier Lai Ching-te (???) earlier that day, Hsu said it is up to the government to provide the public with accurate information.

The "Real-time News Clarification" section on the government website is under the "News and Bulletin" page, which also contains a section titled "Area Dedicated to Clarifying Controversial Information about Cabinet Ministries and Agencies."

The Chinese language news section can be found on the Cabinet's website at: https://www.ey.gov.tw/Page/E50E2BDC64D31A2B, which does not have an English version.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel