Taiwanese startups support Ukrainians to monitor social media in 32 countries and 12 languages to counter Russian propaganda.
AutoPolitic, a leading Taiwanese tech startup deploying social intelligence tools for political parties and candidates who seek public office across Asia, and QSearch, a leading big data social intelligence company servicing governments, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations globally, have announced they are helping the Ukrainian struggle by providing pro bono strategic communication tools and training to resist pro-Soviets propaganda on social media.
According to the company’s media statement, QSearch provides a suite of social media dashboards and viral news alerts to the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian online to monitor social data in 36 countries and in 12 languages globally.
These tools will help the Ukrainians to promote the Ukrainian experience while managing pro-Putin state messages or propaganda, the company said in its statement.
AutoPolitic said they will provide free training for strategic communication and counter-propaganda training for Ukrainian online activists around the globe. The startup has dedicated staff to handle in-depth research and message management for the duration of the conflict.
“We know and analyze the power of social media,” said Elliot Chou, Founder and CTO at QSearch. “This is why we provided free COVID social monitoring for Asian governments and the United Nation mission to combat covid and vaccine-related disinformation since the beginning of the pandemic. Now in Ukraine, we continue to help institutions monitor public perception and social sentiment to get their message out and defend against disinformation with technology-enabled decision-making.”
“Being a Taiwanese who lived under constant propaganda and threats of invasion from our cousin-neighbor, I feel a special bond with Ukrainians and acidic anger at their invaders,” said Roger Do, Founder at AutoPolitic. “To help our spiritual brothers and sisters to fight for a better peace, we are sharing all our knowledge about managing social attitudes so they can preserve the truth on social media against the organized Soviet state propaganda and its enablers.”
The decision to support Ukraine came last week as Russian forces took control of Kherson in the south, the first major city to fall. Kyiv remains in government control and a large Russian armoured convoy remains some distance away. More than two million people have already fled the country and hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed.