Proven ways to detect whether web or social media news is deceptive or a hoax. Today about half of Americans get the news via Facebook, the world's largest social media site. With such data, it can filter what you see and some times filtering leads consumers to made-up news.
Be wary of misinformation — and disinformation — during election 2020. The campaigns are spending millions to reach people on social media, especially Facebook. They and their supporters are also sharing memes, videos and other posts to boost their candidates and disparage opponents. Because of Facebook's posture on political ads, voters should know how to separate the fake from the real to avoid being tricked.
A top goal of researchers is preventing COVID-19 among older populations. Medical researchers worldwide are working toward a single goal: to develop a vaccine, or vaccines, to protect us from the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The crucial puzzle piece? Ensuring it is effective in the most at-risk population — older adults.
Scam artists will stop at nothing to exploit the fear, social isolation and uncertainty fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to AARP's Fraud Watch Network, criminals are preying on this new vulnerability with everything from fake work-at-home jobs and fraudulent charities to money-seeking romance schemers lurking on dating sites. Other scammers include government impostors who are targeting your stimulus check.
For decades, older adults have been the backbone of American elections, consistently voting in greater numbers than any other age group. And by all appearances, older Americans were on track to be the top influencers again this November. Then came COVID-19. Long lines at polling places in some of the early primaries and caucuses gave way — after the pandemic was declared on March 11 — to increased absentee balloting, tense in-person voting featuring face masks and National Guardsmen, and postponed primaries.
Expanded Medicare coverage will cover virtual checkups with your doctor from the safety of your home. On March 6, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law, which among other things gives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to temporarily waive certain Medicare requirements for telehealth services. “If a Medicare beneficiary is looking for advice, they can call their doctor and receive medical direction on whether they should come into the office for an exam,”
Nearly 40 million households lack a quality connection, cutting them off from work, schools and more. Countless older Americans who live outside cities and suburbs continue to deal with this problem only made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because it is expensive and sometimes physically unwieldy to run fiber-optic lines and coaxial cables to rural homes, many residents along the countless back roads of America lack the technology to access the full range of digital services available to the rest of us
Crooks pay for carefully worded ads engineered to be at the top when certain phrases are searched. Search engine companies root out fake numbers as fast as they can. But according to law enforcement experts — and growing numbers of people who have called AARP — they remain visible long enough to hook lots of victims.
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