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Clapper Says He's 'Fantasized' about a 'National Fact-Checker' for Social Media

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON — Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested the creation of a “national fact checker” who would monitor social media for false information.

“I’ve often fantasized about some sort of national fact-checker — unassociated with the government, perhaps,” said Clapper, who served in the Obama administration as the director of National Intelligence from 2010-2017, during the Washington Post’s Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday. “I don’t know quite how you would constitute this that the fact-checker would be seen as uniformly, universally credible, but somebody like that, that could verify or refute what’s being said out there particularly on social media.”