Pope Francis has described ‘fake news’ as evil and he urges journalists to search for the truth in whatever they are reporting before making it known to the general public. This comes barely a week after U.S President Donald Trump issued a ‘Fake News Award‘. The Pope further advises reporters to shun fake news and he added that fake news leads to spread of arrogance and hatred. According to the Pope, the first case of fake news is in the Bible when Eve was tempted to eat the forbidden fruit based on disinformation from the serpent.
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After comparing fake news to the serpent’s message of temptation in the Bible, Pope Francis said: “We need to unmask what could be called the ‘snake tactics’ used by those who disguise themselves in order to strike at any time and place.”