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Hillary Clinton Warns Of The 'Epidemic' Of 'Fake News'

In a rare public appearance after the election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out about the "fake news and false propaganda" that she believes may have cost her the election.

Clinton appeared on Capitol Hill Dec. 8 to pay tribute to her former colleague, Sen. Harry Reid, who is going into retirement, according to the Daily Mail.

"This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to be giving after the election, but after a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out," Clinton joked.

During her speech, which marked the unveiling of Reid's portrait in the Russell Senate Office, Clinton warned about the epidemic of false media reports.

"It's now clear that so-called 'fake news' can have real world consequences," Clinton said in her brief remarks. "This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days, to do their jobs, contribute to their communities."

She continued: "It's imperative that leaders from the private sector and the public section step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives."

The BBC reports that Clinton was the target of many "fake news" stories herself throughout the election cycle and beyond. Perhaps the most notable example being the "pizzagate" story, in which it was falsely claimed that a child sex ring involving many of the top Democratic leaders in Washington was being run out of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, Comet Ping Pong. Recently, a man fired a rifle inside the restaurant, later saying that he did it as a way to "self-investigate" the story. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.

Clinton said that the rise of fake news is a "danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly."

Sources: BBCDaily Mail / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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