Anti-Fraud Platform Helps Identify Suspicious News|防詐達人平台 可辨識網站.文字.查證圖片
Recently, Scams, fake news and misinformation have spread through messaging apps such as Line daily quickly. Therefore, tech companies are collaborating with the government's Criminal Investigation Bureau to provide unbiased fact-checking sites and platforms for the pubic to find the truth.
An ad that promotes a hospital's new endoscopic surgery has been shared across different groups' chats on Line, a popular messaging app in Asia. These ads often contain exaggerated literature and are difficult for the public to discern. A tech company has worked with the government's Criminal Investigation Bureau to develop an anti-fraud platform, which helps the public identify suspicious text, websites, and photographs.
Our company uses its AI technology to help filter the messages (in Line). If members of the public fall for certain fraud schemes, they can also report the situation to us. We have also begun to identify suspicious news, including those with photos. If some photos that you often received, especially the one that is deemed to include rumors, you also can report it to our app Dr. Message directly.
The company said that young people could often fall prey to fake job offers and online shopping messages, whereas older people are more likely to be manipulated by fake news and rumors. The team behind Line also conducted a survey and found out that in the past six months, 46 percent of Line users have received suspicious information via the app. However, only 25 percent of the public has passed on the corrected information. This shows that the people in Taiwan are not alert enough on fake news.
This means it's not that easy to verify if a piece of information is authentic on Line. Most of the time, people tend to verify the news on health, public affairs, life, transportation as well as legal matters. Consumers, for example, are often verify if the announcement of a new law or rule is true.
If a user sends a piece of suspicious information to the platform, it will verify whether the information is authentic. The company behind Line has also launched its platform that helps verify fake information. There are also four online platforms that publish fact-checked information, they are the Taiwan FactCheck Center, MyGoPen, Cofacts and Rumor＆Truth. These platforms also work with the Executive Yuen to respond to the public's questions. The public is advised to not passing on messages and news that have not been verified.
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