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Disinformation-debunking Heroes

The spirit of fact-checking is getting to the bottom of things. The fact-checkers work hard to bring the most accurate information and knowledge to the readers, but as disinformation could involve a wide range of issues, the reporters, falling far short of omniscience, could only turn to experts in...

Methods to counteract disinformation as deepfake ran rampant

Deepfake and cheap fake videos have become increasingly common. When used irresponsibly, they allow disinformation to spread quickly, posing significant threats to individuals and organizations.   In Taiwan, synthetic media has also caused widespread public concern, especially after the arrest in...

TFC holds fact-checking workshop to promote SIFT method

A workshop to share with teachers in Taiwan about the growing trend of fake news in the media and how they can increase the media and information literacy of their students was organized by the Taiwan FactCheck Center (TFC) on Dec. 17, 2022. A total of 13 schoolteachers in northern Taiwan,...

Outlandish rumors spread on social media about U.S. military loan and grant to Taiwan

In December 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law a government funding bill for 2023 that includes provisions to authorize US$2 billion in loans to Taiwan to buy weapons from the United States. However, the military financing program has sparked rumors and stories taking flight on social...

Community colleges provide courses to raise media literacy among older adults

Disinformation and misinformation are everywhere, and older adults genuinely struggle with being able to identify what stories are true versus what stories are fabricated, possibly because they are less digitally literate compared to younger individuals. Interventions for older adults have emerged...

False claims slander Taiwan’s gender equity education and stigmatize same-sex marriage

In December, a video showing the vice chairman of a civic association criticizing the gender equity education in Taiwan’s elementary and secondary schools began circulating on various social media platforms. “The textbooks used by the school’s gender equity education committees tell students that...

False claims, conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and Taiwan’s elections

In the run-up to Taiwan’s local government elections on Nov. 26, false claims and conspiracy theories about voting and the COVID-19 pandemic have swirled on social media and messaging apps. Although Taiwan has seen its new COVID-19 cases abate considerably in recent weeks, misleading stories about...

TFC’s ‘Misinformation Playbook’ against election disinformation

Editor's note: The Chinese version of "TFC’s ‘Misinformation Playbook’ against election disinformation" was published on October 24. 2022 here. With the nine-in-one elections approaching, the Taiwan FactCheck Center (TFC) has noticed the spread of political misinformation appearing on various...

Timeline of Pelosi’s Taiwan visit and the aftermath

  2022.08.08 The Chinese military's eastern command said military exercises around Taiwan would continue

[2022 Youth Verification Challenge_Mandarin-Chinese Zone Second Runner-up] Inspired by Civics Class, a Team from a School with more than 80 participants

The Google News Initiative APAC Youth Verification Challenge Contest 2022 that just ended last month was an event aiming to raise awareness and increase verification knowledge among the youth, and it was a continued and expanded effort of the first 2021 GNI University Verification Challenge. 

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