Denver Newsroom, Jul 14, 2022 / 15:27 pm
Father Juan Manuel Góngora, a Spanish priest who has more than 53,000 followers on Twitter and who recently received an award by HazteOír (CitizenGo) for his defense of the faith on social media, explained to EWTN Spanish News on July 12 how to react to possibly fake news such as the recent claim that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had died.
In the interview, the priest from Almería, Spain, said that when the fake news about the pope emeritus came out, “we set out to disclaim its reliability, especially considering that that account was fake and was spreading a lie.”
The fake Twitter account @BischofBatzing used the name of the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, who just minutes after the hoax wrote: “Fake account created by the Italian journalist Tommaso De Benedetti.”
The Spanish priest pointed out that “in the world of social media, what usually happens is that the media try to drive that clickbait, that way of attracting attention with news, regardless of whether it’s true or false, to get clicks and visits to their webpages.”