In order to combat disinformation disseminated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pentagon recently created a website called “Coronavirus: Rumor Control,” serving as an authenticated repository of vetted information during the crisis.
The website provides links to the CDC and other U.S. government coronavirus-focused websites, in addition to pointing out other helpful resources. “State and local government official websites or social media accounts are also good sources for instruction and information specific to your community,” states the site.
The majority of the landing page features a “myth-busting” section to help parse through information floating around online. The DOD provides an explanation to address disinformation that includes: “The U.S. military has federalized the National Guard,” and “The U.S. military is implementing martial law.”
Photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht