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FEMA text alert of the emergency broadcast system
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Conspiracy theories and misinformation circulated widely ahead of FEMA's national Wireless Emergency Alert System test, leading to unwarranted fears and bizarre explanations for the routine test.

The test, which took place on Wednesday, prompted baseless concerns and disinformation, often tied to conspiracy theories surrounding 5G networks, COVID-19 vaccines, and mistrust of the federal government.

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