The spreading of misinformation is a sin, Pope Francis says

Posted: 8:06 AM, Dec 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-08 08:06:26-05

The pope is taking a stand against fake and tawdry news using some  interesting comparisons .

In an interview, Pope Francis said media outlets need to avoid "the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true.”

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In case you're not familiar, the  definition  of coprophilia is a "marked interest in excrement," which can often be sexual. Although the interview was in Spanish, so his intention may not have been quite that graphic.

The pope also said  misinformation  is the "greatest damage the media can do" and added that slandering someone is a sin.

Fake news stories can have real-world impact. A man  fired his gun  in a Washington, D.C.,  pizza parlor  after a hoax accused the restaurant of harboring a child sex trafficking ring.

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The pope himself was also the subject of  a hoax . A fake news site declared the pontiff endorsed Donald Trump in the presidential election, even though that never happened.

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