- Oct 20, 2020
Bishops in Nigeria are echoing Pope Francis’s call to reject fake news, saying it is detrimental to binding society together.
Pope Francis said that the first fake news is found in the book of Genesis, when the “crafty serpent” tempted the woman “by pretending to be her friend,” to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The danger is “when we protect ourselves and only watch what we like,” Michael Higgins, a Canadian author and professor, said at a Catholic media conference, which leads people to “form caricatures of other voices” equating them to strangers, foreigners and eventually enemies.
Pope Francis has been the victim of multiple fake news cycles, including a recent report that he was changing the Ten Commandments. While journalists have some responsibility, so do news consumers who share items without asking if they’re even borderline plausible.