NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – In recent weeks, ‘fake’ news on social media has come under heavy attack by those who do not understand the meaning of freedom of speech.
As a result, social media giants Facebook and Google have promised to take concrete measures to deal with the proliferation of fake news, trolls and propaganda on the Internet.
Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has joined the bandwagon to ferret out fake news, this time on television.
As its first test case, FCC has sanctioned the popular television show, ‘Saturday Night Live’ over its recent episodes featuring then presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
In a strongly-worded memorandum to SNL producers, the FCC warned that it will no longer tolerate the TV show’s fake news episodes which have fooled its audience for a long time.
The FCC now requires SNL to tag all its episodes by flashing a disclaimer that reads, “This is a joke. This is only a joke.”
SNL has appealed the sanction and is scheduled to meet with the FCC on Monday.