Fake News: Massachusetts Does NOT Offer Their Driver's License Exam In Only 25 Languages

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Massachusetts Does NOT Offer Their Driver's License Exam In Only 25 Languages

A meme posted on Mad World News claims Massachusetts offers their driver's license exam in 25 different languages and states the opinion that this "is 24 languages too many". The Facebook post published on March 21, 2018 also commented "This should only be offered in English." (archived here) .

In fact Mad World News got it wrong: the test is offered in 27 languages following an announcement in 2016:

Foreign language tests previously were offered in paper versions. In addition to English and Spanish, the test is now available in Arabic, Armenian, Burmese, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian/Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Serbo-Croatian (Latin), Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. These languages align with the statewide Language Access plan, which identifies those languages most commonly spoken by Massachusetts residents. Somali and Tagalog/Filipino will be offered beginning the last week of December.

In addition, the RMV will be offering an automated American Sign Language (ASL) test to customers in early 2017.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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