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Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:30

How to squash fake news without trampling free speech

Written by  Callum Borchers
President Trump (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

PEN America and President Trump have something in common: Both hate fake news.

They define the term a bit differently, however.

According to PEN America, a nonprofit focused on free speech and human rights, fake news is “demonstrably false information that is being presented as a factual news report with the intention to deceive the public.

” According to Trump, who once declared that “any negative polls are fake news,” the label applies to just about every piece of information he doesn't like.

In the absence of a universally accepted definition, combating fake news (whatever that means) is a difficult — even frightening — proposition.

Trump seems to think a congressional investigation might be a good idea. He suggested last week that the Senate Intelligence Committee should probe “the Fake News Networks in OUR country” and on Thursday told reporters in the Oval Office that “it's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it.”

Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!

— Donald J.

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