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Edward Snowden: Don't Rely on 'Referee' to Censor 'Fake News'

• by Lucas Nolan

Streaming via the Periscope app from his Twitter account, Snowden discussed with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claims that "fake news" helped to sway the election in favour of President-elect Donald Trump. Facebook announced that it would be partnering with ABC News, Politifact, and Snopes to label "fake news" on their platform. Snowden stated that censorship was not the answer to the issue and that teaching people critical thinking would be much more beneficial.

"The problem of fake news isn't solved by hoping for a referee but rather because we as participants, we as citizens, we as users of these services help each other," said Snowden, "The answer to bad speech is not censorship. The answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to exercise and spread the idea that critical thinking matters now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be getting very popular."

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