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NT$3million penalty in Taiwan for spreading rumors and fake news about coronavirus

The Criminal Investigation Bureau of Taiwan said that over 100 people are facing prosecution for spreading rumors and fake news about the epidemic novel coronavirus.

Cases involving 112 people related to 79 cases of fake news have been forwarded to prosecutors for indictments, while some 100 other cases are still being investigated according to the bureau.

The fake news stories that have been investigated include claims President Tsai Ing-wen has contracted the coronavirus and that the Taoyuan government has imposed a locked down in the city which are totally not true.

Another false claim said Beijing has placed Taipei under military control due to the spread of the coronavirus, it is proven that this fake news have originated in China.

Law enforcement officials say the IP addresses of numerous online fake coronavirus news posts come from outside of Taiwan and mostly from China.

Officials gave warning to the public that the posting of fake news related to the coronavirus outbreak is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of NT$3-million.


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