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Fukushima Treated Water Release

As Japan began releasing treated radioactive water on August 24, 2023, false images have been circulating and shared on Chinese and Taiwanese social media purporting to show the wastewater discharge along with other rumors surrounding the Fukushima wastewater release.

Here are fact-checking stories TFC has published since August 21, 2023.


Digital Literacy in the age of AI

With the advancement of artificial intelligence technology, including OpenAI's ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence chatbot launched in November 2022, and AI image generator tools, generating text and images has become more accessible- and also more difficult for people to distinguish between truth and falsehood. AI-generated content has posed an existential growing threat all over the world.

In this section, we have compiled fact-checks and media literacy articles (in Chinese) related to fake AI-generated photos, face generator apps, deepfakes, and ChatGPT.


2023 Chinese Spy Balloon

From January 28 to February 4, 2023, a massive Chinese-operated high-altitude balloon was seen in North American airspace. On February 4, the U.S. Air Force shot down the balloon over U.S. territorial waters off the coast of South Carolina, after it spent days traveling across the country.

Although the suspected spy Balloon has been shot down, rumors continue to spread in Taiwan.

A series of photos purported to show the remains of the balloon. But none of them is linked to the current news event. Our fact-check:

Another video claimed to show the U.S. firing 3 missiles to shoot down the alleged spy balloon. However, 3 trails that appeared in the video were left by fighter jets. According to the U.S. Dept of Defense, a fighter fired 1 AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at the balloon. Fact-check:

You can find our fact-check on the suspected spy balloon (in Chinese) and an overview (in English) on this page.


Nancy Pelosi's Asia tour

As US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late Tuesday (August 2), tensions between Taiwan and China have been escalating. Shortly after Pelosi’s arrival, China announced three days of military exercises and live-fire drills to encircle Taiwan from August 4-7. 

Pelosi had concluded her 19-hour-visit in Taiwan on August 3 and headed to South Korea. 

Pelosi’s Asia trip and China’s response have sparked a misinformation wave on social media since July 29. Taiwan FactCheck Center has been closely monitoring the situation as well as narratives on internet space. We will constantly update our work here.



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