Pope Francis advocates for important change, speaks about a variety of important topics, and has been known to cause quite a stir over his opinion in the past. One of those pertinent matters of discussion? Fake news.
Yes, the pope touched on the topic of fake news on Wednesday, because apparently, bizarre stories like this have become our new normal. Guess this is the world we're living in now? He called fake news "evil" and claimed that it would ultimately lead to both "arrogance and hatred."
He detailed these thoughts and more in a document titled "The truth will set you free — Fake news and journalism for peace," which also discussed the manipulation of social media. Spreading fake news can potentially "serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions, and serve economic interests."
People took to arguing about which source he meant in particular:
”Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. That is the end result of untruth." he said regarding the infamous topic.
He went on to give examples of how fake news is damaging people, like stories that "grasps people’s attention by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration.”
Some labeled the Pope himself as 'fake news' deeming him as less-than-reputable:
Others are agreeing with what he said, and believe that this era of fake news will lead to serious consequences...
Of course, President Trump has coined the term and even held a competition for "the most dishonest & corrupt media awards" in order to showcase fake news. Perhaps the pope will follow in similar footsteps?
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