The Fake News Pledge and Colorado Politicians Who Need to Sign It
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Facebook and Google are taking a lot of heat for allowing falsehoods, packaged as news, to viralize across the internet, but lawmakers, who legitimize this fake news by spreading it, clearly contribute to the problem.
That's what some Colorado state legislators are doing, as you can see below. They're sharing, "liking," or posting fake news on Facebook.
They need to delete the fake news from their Facebook pages and sign the Fake News Pledge for Elected Officials, which reads:
As an elected official, I agree that the spread of fake news on Facebook and other social media platforms has a toxic effect on rational civic discourse. And I understand that when community leaders spread fake news, we legitimize it. By our example, we encourage people to play fast and loose with facts, and we blur the lines between real journalism and fabricated stories masquerading as news.
So, to promote informed and reasoned debate, I pledge not to knowingly spread fake news. If I accidentally do s
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