FBI Portland: Can We Protect Freedom of Speech While Addressing Fake News and Influence Campaigns Online?

George Chamberlain, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Portland, describes the FBI's role in securing the election in a series of question-and-answer videos for communities served by FBI Portland.

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At the top of the FBI’s list of core values is protection of everyone’s rights under the U.S. Constitution including the rights granted under the First Amendment. Fake news, for instance, is not necessarily illegal, and the FBI cannot initiate an investigation based on First Amendment-protected speech. We will take action, though, when the activity crosses the line into criminal behavior. Specifically, influence operations run by foreign groups or governments can fall into that category.

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