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Government agencies create "Rumor Control" pages to address fake news

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Fake news is out there. So much so that many government agencies have created entire teams to deal with it.

Most notably, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), legislated into existence by President Trump in 2018, created a Rumor Control page to help Americans differentiate between real and fake news related to these concerns.


FEMA has created a similar page geared at curbing misinformation about the coronavirus.


The US Department of Defense has created another Rumor Control page that specifically addresses concerns related to the novel coronavirus. This page debunks myths concerning the United States’ military and COVID-19 such as impending martial law.


States and small cities are following suit, creating Rumor Control resources linked from their home pages. Even Salisbury, North Carolina, a tiny city of 33 thousand people, has created a Rumor Control page to address all sorts of local rumors ranging from protests, local violence, and coronavirus restrictions.


What do you think about these Rumor Control pages? Does your city or town have one yet? Are they helping? Comment below to let us know!


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