Jo Swinson responds to 'very fake news' story which said she fired stones at squirrels

Jo Swinson warned during an appearance on LBC that the public need to be wary of obviously fake news impacting the General Election after a story about how she fired stones at squirrels went viral.

Speaking to Iain Dale, she said: "This sort of fake news is surprising to me. This isn't the only one of the very fake news stories.

"There was one using the byline of an established journalist. There was one that used Peter Walker's name from the Guardian and he had to go online to debunk it and say he never wrote it.

"They're quite sophisticated and people do believe them.

"I do think it's worrying because it echoes what we've seen in other elections and particularly when you think about fake news and the technological possibility for deepfakes where videos can be faked, then there are questions about the role of publishers in circulating these things that aren't true.

"It's very difficult to prevent its spread."

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