Hillary Clinton Calls For Regulation Of "Malicious" Fake News; "Lives Are At Risk"


Speaking at an event celebrating the career of Sen. Harry Reid, who is retiring at the end of 2016, Hillary Clinton spoke out about "the epidemic of malicious... so-called fake news" which "can have real-world consequences."

"It is a danger that needs to be addressed and addressed quickly," she said, praising "bipartisan legislation" and calling for "leaders in the public and private sector" to act.

HILLARY CLINTON: Let me mention briefly one threat in particular that should concern all americans. Democrats, Republicans and independents alike, especially those who serve in our Congress.

The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year. It is now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences.

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.

It's a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.

Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government's response to foreign propaganda, and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news.

It's imperative that leaders in both the private sector and the public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives. Harry Reid and Vice President Biden may be stepping back from the daily scrum of politics and governing, but I know I speak for them as well as tens of millions of Americans when I say that we are all counting on those of you who remain.

Watch the rest of Clinton's statement about Sen. Reid below:

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