Hillary Clinton says fake news puts ‘lives at risk’

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The former Democratic presidential nominee said the rise of fake news is a “danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly”.

Speaking on Capitol Hill at the unveiling of a portrait in honour of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, she called on officials in the public and private sectors to combat the spread of “malicious false propaganda”.

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Mrs Clinton said: “The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year, it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences.

“This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days.

“It’s a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”

Washington DC pizza restaurant Comet Ping Pong
Image Caption:Washington DC pizza restaurant Comet Ping Pong

It comes after a man was arrested on Sunday after firing an assault rifle at a pizza parlour in Washington DC after claiming he had come to investigate false online stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats at the restaurant.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, has been jailed after he brought an AR-15 rifle to the Comet Ping Pong restaurant and opened fire. He has refused to dismiss the online claims.

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