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Tired of fake news? We don’t blame you! It’s almost always advisable to do your own research — on trusted sites — when you hear something you’re not sure you should believe — and that includes plenty of what you hear in the media. Information about new government rules and regulations can be easily checked in the Federal Register. This is a central repository of all government agency’s regulations — as opposed to previous days when each agency would publish its own notices, bulletins etc. When even the Department of Justice couldn’t figure out what the current rules were a centralized approach was developed. Tired of fake news? We don’t blame you! It’s almost always advisable to do your own research — on trusted sites — when you hear something you’re not sure you should believe — and that includes plenty of what you hear in the media. Information about new government rules and regulations can be easily checked in the Federal Register. This is a central repository of all government agency’s regulations — as opposed to previous days when each agency would publish its own notices, bulletins etc. When even the Department of Justice couldn’t figure out what the current rules were a centralized approach was developed.
-**News February 2019**+**News March 2019**
Interestingly — and perhaps frighteningly — the wall Street Journal has recently uncovered thousands and thousands of fake comments posted on documents in the Federal Register. They sent surveys to almost a million citizens in the U.S. and confirmed that comments had been posted using their names but that they were fakes. This is potentially quite serious since our democracy requires that public comments be accepted and that they can have a bearing on the decisions made about new regulations. The current case regarding net neutrality is a prime example, as more than 800,000 duplicate postings were uncovered, all of which were in favor of the new internet policy . The people whose names were used on the comments were contacted and over 72% of them said that they knew nothing about them and certainly had not submitted them. Many of the comment  letters  are apparently sent from a fake email generator website. A reminder not to trust everything (or maybe anything) you learn on the web or in email… Interestingly — and perhaps frighteningly — the wall Street Journal has recently uncovered thousands and thousands of fake comments posted on documents in the Federal Register. They sent surveys to almost a million citizens in the U.S. and confirmed that comments had been posted using their names but that they were fakes. This is potentially quite serious since our democracy requires that public comments be accepted and that they can have a bearing on the decisions made about new regulations. The current case regarding net neutrality is a prime example, as more than 800,000 duplicate postings were uncovered, all of which were in favor of the new internet policy . The people whose names were used on the comments were contacted and over 72% of them said that they knew nothing about them and certainly had not submitted them. Many of the comment  letters  are apparently sent from a fake email generator website. A reminder not to trust everything (or maybe anything) you learn on the web or in email…
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