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Hillary Clinton attacks fake news 'epidemic'

Hillary Clinton has decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" in her first speech since losing the US presidential election last month.

Mrs Clinton addressed fake news during a speech for retiring Nevada senator Harry Reid at the Capitol in Washington.

The Democrat warned that "it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences", an apparent reference to an incident involving a gunman who fired multiple shots inside a Washington pizza shop that has become the target of a fake conspiracy story.

Mrs Clinton said the issue "is not about politics or partisanship".

She added: "Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities."

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