Criticized as interfering with the freedom of press, DPP legislators' proposal of an anti-infiltration act and the revision of the Fundamental Communications Act to sanction fake news has sparked controversy. On March 16, Premier Lin Chuan stated that he will put Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang in charge of establishing a verification mechanism to address the fake news. Meanwhile, the National Communications Commission said that it will invite representatives from Facebook, Google, and Line to discuss how to implement such mechanism.
Fake pictures posted after an earthquake and a rumor of a fire in Kaohsiung's MRT train were only two cases observed in the escalation of fake news recently. On March 16, the National Communications Commission said that it will invite representatives from Facebook, Google, and Line to discuss how to establish a verification mechanism in April.
==LIN CHUN-HSIEN DPP Legislator and CHAN TING-I NCC Chairperson==
We will invite industry representatives to share their international practice and suggest a mechanism for Taiwan.
Facing the criticism to DPP legislators' proposal of an anti-infiltration act and the revision of the Fundamental Communications Act, Premier Lin Chuan stated that he will put Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang in charge of building the verification mechanism instead of making or amending laws.
==HSU KUO-YONG Executive Yuan Spokesperson==
To safeguard freedom and openness of the Internet and uphold Internet governance, the government will commission industry representatives and a third party to implement a verification mechanism to curb fake news instead of making new laws or amending laws.
According to Taiwan Media Watch, verification may be outpaced by the spread of messages. The government should also define fake news and fake information.
==LEE TZE-WEI Director, Taiwan Media Watch==
The definitions of fake news and fake information are somewhat ambiguous. Fake news is more difficult to tackle than fake information.
According to the Executive Yuan, under such verification mechanism, people will be reminded before posting information that has been clarified and will be held liable for such posts. The details of the mechanism are expected to come out within two months.
TRANSLATED BY：LUKE CHIANG
==民進黨立委 林俊憲 v.s. NCC主委 詹婷怡==