Two days ago, a tweet containing full of bogus information was posted on Twitter regarding the recent earthquake in Taiwan.
Although the original tweet was deleted and is no longer available, I wrote an article about that tweet.
Also, some Twitter users kept the screenshot of the tweet.
As you can see, the user (@twinkle_horse) insisted that some TV channels-oriented donations and charity organisations are associated with Koreans (both the North and South) and they secretly and viciously transfer the donation to them.
Therefore, people should not donate money through those channels and organisations, the user says.
If that is true, this is a huge problem beyond description.
However, this tweet and the user's contentions are FAKE.
BuzzFeed News checked the authenticity of this tweet and asked the channels and organisations who are "designated" as "associated with the Koreans" whether the claims made in the tweets are true or false.
Think twice before retweeting or favourting this tweet and believing that your moneys will be falsely sent to the vicious North Korean regime or some anti-Japanese sentimented South Koreans.
Do you really believe this crap?
Well, were it true, how come the police or PISA (公安調査庁) or the Ministry of Justice wouldn't crack down on the network rumoured by this user? The user failed to show any evidence that substantiates his claim.
I'm sure many users would have doubted the authenticity of the tweet as well, but it still remains as the fact that this tweet dispersed false information and scathed the charity organisations.
In 2011, when Japan was struck with the huge earthquake, uncountable amount of false information spread across the Internet. What have we learned thus far? Nothing?
It is time to show no mercy to those who spread lies and bogus information that may be falsely recognised as truth. The users like this one thrive on the indulgence of society. It must be shown that false information is not subject to mercy.