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Taiwan helicopter crash shows disinformation danger ahead of election

Civil society combats online rumors as China looks to influence voters

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Emergency teams work at the crash site of a military helicopter on Jan. 2: some politicians seized on the tragedy in hopes for gain. (image made from video)   © Yilan Fire Bureau/AP

On their first day back at work after the new year, Taiwanese citizens were confronted by the country's worst tragedy in its military history. A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter was forced to attempt an emergency landing en route to a military base. Taiwan's Chief of the General Staff, Shen Yi-ming, and seven other high-ranking officials were among the dead.

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