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RUMOR. A general public report of certain things, without any certainty as to their truth.
     2. In general, rumor cannot be received in evidence, but when the question is whether such rumor existed, and not its truth or falsehood, then evidence of it may be given.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The question arises in what situations and circumstances a rumour can become an effective means of the social control of any individual's behaviour.
The Financial Services Authority believe traders may have started the rumours to cash in on the turmoil in financial markets.
Dubai: The municipality of Dubai has responded to the newest food rumour circulating across social networking sites in the UAE, denying all the allegations made against white Chinese garlic.
One absurd write-up said Dubai was a ghost town, while a rumour went as far as saying that a certain 'ruler's court' was giving money away - a post that Ahmed said had unfortunately gone viral.
She appealed to the authorities to reopen Adam's case to disprove the rumour.
Zhang, "An interplay model for rumour spreading and emergency development," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, vol.
"Predictably, the use of rumour busting was greater over the first few months and gradually the number of rumours submitted to the bulletin have reduced."
Warning against Rumour Prime Minister Hasina also warned against spreading rumours.
Earlier, the government had to deny a rumour that it planned on levying a tax on inheritance.
"The media and communication departments within the governmental institutions follow up and monitor circulated news about them; each institution then responds to the rumours based on a number of factors." "The factors that determine the methodology of response include the subject of the rumour, its prevalence and the channel in which the rumour has spread.
A FEW years ago, Forbes ran a story about a rumour circulating in Pakistan claiming that the old one rupee coin was actually worth Rs2,500 because it had inadvertently been made out of gold.
Observing that rumours spread fast, especially through social media, the MoI noted in a post on Facebook that rumour mongers "love to spread anything without verifying its sources".