Pope Francis drinks from a mate gourd as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Pope Francis Wednesday condemned fake news as satanic, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative "snake tactics" that foment division to serve political and economic interests.A document on the subject was issued after months of debate on how much fake news may have influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and the election of President Donald Trump.Pope Francis compared the use of fake news to the Bible story of the devil, who, disguised as a serpent, persuaded Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree.Since becoming pope, Francis has learned to use the media to get his message across, but he still frequently complains about what he considers one-sided reporting and what he dubs the "sins of the media: disinformation, slander and defamation".
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