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Taiwan to punish April Fools' pranks about coronavirus, jail time and up to NT$3-million


Taiwan told people not to make April Fools' Day pranks related to coronavirus, with some threatening jail time as they seek to prevent the spread of rumors which could put lives at risk.


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took to Facebook to tell people not to prank about the virus, adding that anyone spreading rumors or false information could face up to three years in jail and/or a fine of up to NT$3 million.

With people relying on the internet and media for vital information about coronavirus, there are fears that jokes could fan the spread of misinformation.


Tech giant Google, which is famous for its annual spoofs, has canceled the tradition because of the pandemic which has killed about 40,000 people worldwide, in a report by Reuters.
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