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How Taiwan beat back disinformation and preserved the integrity of its election

By David Klepper & Huizhong Wu (AP)January 27, 2024, , ,

Taiwan has been able to effectively respond to Chinese disinformation in part because of how seriously the threat is perceived there.

The rumors about vote fraud started swirling as the ballots in Taiwan’s closely watched presidential election were tallied on Jan. 13. There were baseless claims that people had fabricated votes and that officials had miscounted and skewed the results.

In a widely shared video, a woman recording votes mistakenly enters one in the column for the wrong candidate. The message was clear: The election could not be trusted. The results were faked.

It could have been Taiwan’s Jan. 6 moment. But it wasn’t. [...]

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