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I made a riddle.

Should you wish to be unknown,
I'll hide you from their eyes.
Many who use me seek anonymity
And therein my skill lies.

Should you wish to portray fiction,
I must be acquired,
But only in the cases where
My presence was there prior.

Should you wish to be defended,
from enemies you cannot see,
my use is recommended
though not everyone agrees.

Though my purposes are many,
the world knows me for a few.
One was for a new plague
And the other plagued the news.

What am I?

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a mask.

Should you wish to be unknown,
I'll hide you from their eyes.
Many who use me seek anonymity
And therein my skill lies.

A mask can be used to hide your face, thus allowing you to be anonymous or not show yourself.

Should you wish to portray fiction,
I must be acquired,
But only in the cases where
My presence was there prior.

When cosplaying a character, you'll often need to wear a mask (I couldn't find a plague doctor mask for my Percival de Rolo costume, though).

Should you wish to be defended,
from enemies you cannot see,
my use is recommended
though not everyone agrees.

A mask helps filter germs such as viruses. Not everyone agrees to wear them.

Though my purposes are many,
the world knows me for a few.
One was for a new plague
And the other plagued the news.

This refers to the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of masks to limit infection. The political right campaigned strongly against them, and it was often in the news.

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  • $\begingroup$ Dammit, just as i was writing my answer. Well done though! $\endgroup$ Mar 24 at 5:43

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