Clinton calls ‘fake news’ a threat to U.S. democracy

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called "fake news" a danger that must be addressed quickly, in a rare public appearance on Thursday, a month after she lost the presidential election in a campaign marked by a flood of such propaganda. "We must stand up for our democracy," Clinton said during a tribute to retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, referring to what she called "the epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year." Clinton urged action from both the private and public sectors to combat the false reports. "It's now clear that so-called 'fake news' can have real-world consequences.

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