Federal News Network: AI algorithm helps Census Bureau track down 2020 count misinformation

“Households don’t need to fill out the 2020 census before receiving a coronavirus stimulus check from the IRS — part of the $2 trillion spending bill President Donald Trump signed into law last week.

But enough people heard this rumor, and thought it was true, that the Census Bureau has since corrected the record.”

“In a March 20 post, the bureau reminded households that their answers to the 2020 census “cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package.”

“You might think that that’s a good thing, that that’s going to encourage people to respond to the census,” Zach Schwartz, the deputy division chief of the Census Bureau’s communications directorate, said about the stimulus-check rumor. “But really, that’s a huge concern for us in many populations throughout the country, because they may believe that the Census Bureau is sharing information with the Treasury Department or other federal agencies about who did and who did not complete the 2020 census.” Read the full article here.

Source: AI algorithm helps Census Bureau track down 2020 count misinformation – By Jory Heckman, April 1, 2020. Federal News Network.


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