Majority of Americans oppose government trying to restrict ‘fake news’

Majority of Americans oppose government trying to restrict ‘fake news’

[Ed. – I hope this is because most people understand that we don’t all agree on what “fake news” is.  We can NEVER just hand over the job of policing “fake news” to someone else.  That would be no different from handing over your bank account for someone else to manage, and not checking on what they’re doing with it.]

A new poll by the Pew Research Center shows a majority of Americans do not believe the government should rein in the spread of fake news.

The Pew poll, which surveyed 4,734 American adults between Feb. 26-March 11, found that 58 percent of respondents believe that the freedom to preach information should be protected, without government interference, “even if it means false info can be published.” Only 39 percent of all respondents said they believe the U.S. government should “take steps to restrict false information online, even if it limits freedom of info.” …

When it comes to government interference, both Democrats and Republicans were on the same page: 60 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats both said the spread of information should be protected, even if it means the freedom allows for the spread misleading information.

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