Fact-checking or political propaganda?

That’s the question being asked in Osaka after Osaka Ishin no Kai (One Osaka), the local political group affiliated with the national party Nippon Ishin no Kai, announced it has set up a new Twitter account to monitor coronavirus-related information online.

Concerned about a rise in what they said was false or misleading statements on social media about the local response to the coronavirus, Osaka Ishin launched Fact Checker, a new Twitter account, to track posts about not only Osaka’s response to the virus but also other information about the local political group, which is headed by Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura.