Pope Francis has criticised media organisations that focus on gossip, negativity and promote fake news as a means of smear people in public life. Spreading false information was “probably the greatest damage that the media can do”, the pontiff told the Belgian Catholic weekly 'Tertio'. It is a sin to defame people, he added.
Using emotive terminology, Pope Francis said that journalists and the media must avoid falling into “coprophilia” - an abnormal interest in excrement. Those reading or watching such stories risked behaving like coprophagics, people who eat faeces, he added.
Good news and truth is important and reading it is an antidote to the harmful propaganda of negativity.