Taiwanese startups give Ukraine social media edge

While Ukrainians battle with Russia on their homeland, AutoPolitic and QSearch have to lend them a helping hand in cyberspace.

The two Taiwanese startups are providing pro bono strategic communication tools and training to counter pro-Soviets propaganda on social media.

Their decision to support Ukraine was made last week as Russian forces took control of Kherson. The Russian army is also inching towards Kyiv, which remains under the Ukrainian government control.

AutoPolitic is tech startup that deploys social intelligence tools for political parties and candidates who seek public office across Asia. It will provide free training for strategic communication and counter-propaganda training for Ukrainian online activists around the globe. Its dedicated staff will handle in-depth research and message management for the duration of the conflict.

“Being a Taiwanese who lived under constant propaganda and threats of invasion from our cousin-neighbour, I feel a special bond with Ukrainians and acidic anger at their invaders. 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 organised Soviet state propaganda and its enablers,” said Roger Do, Founder of AutoPolitic.

QSearch is a big data social intelligence company servicing governments, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations globally. Its suite of social media dashboards and viral news alerts will help the Ukrainian government and Ukrainians 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 and propaganda.

“We know and analyse the power of social media. This is why we provided free COVID-19 social monitoring for Asian governments and the United Nations 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,” said Elliot Chou, Founder and CTO of QSearch.