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Just The Facts-FCC HOAX Rules

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I hope this answers some of your questions. I have received a number of people trying to say these actors can be prosecuted but they are wrong.

I hope this answers some of your questions.  I have received a number of people trying to say these actors can be prosecuted but they are wrong.

If you think they can be, and you want to tell me how that's fine.  Feel free to contact me through the contact button at the top of the page.  But if you do you must ask yourself this one question.  WHAT CRIME HAVE THEY VIOLATED WHEN THEY ARE JUST ACTING.  They are not real, and their actions do not pertain to your reality unless you allow them to.

According to the FCC: https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/guides/hoaxes

The Commission's prohibition against the broadcast of hoaxes is set forth at Section 73.1217 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. § 73.1217.

This rule prohibits broadcast licensees or permittees from broadcasting false information concerning a crime* (THIS IS KEY, the event you are being shown is an act.  Its a scripted out story where IN THE STORY they are pretending a crime took place.  In reality NO CRIME has occurred.) or a catastrophe** if:

  1. the licensee knows this information is false;
  2. it is foreseeable that broadcast of the information will cause substantial public harm; and
  3. broadcast of the information does in fact directly cause substantial public harm.(NONE of these pertain to the things you see on the tv because you are watching a fictional reality)

Any programming accompanied by a disclaimer will be presumed not to pose foreseeable harm if the disclaimer clearly characterizes the program as a fiction and is presented in a way that is reasonable under the circumstances.

For purposes of this rule, "public harm'' must begin immediately, and cause direct and actual damage to property or to the health or safety of the general public, or diversion of law enforcement or other public health and safety authorities from their duties.

The public harm will be deemed foreseeable if the licensee could expect with a significant degree of certainty that public harm would occur.

*A "crime'' is any act or omission that makes the offender subject to criminal punishment by law.

**A "catastrophe'' is a disaster or imminent disaster involving a violent or sudden event affecting the public.

Complaints alleging violation of this rule should be sent to the Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Investigations & Hearings Division, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.

Complaints should include the call sign and community of license of the station, the date and time of the broadcast(s) in question, and a detailed description of the public harm caused as a result of the broadcast. In addition, if possible, complaints should include a transcript or recording of the broadcast in question.

So the events you believe to be real are not.  It's your fault you believe them.  They are not breaking the law.  It is not a crime to act.  Even if that act portrays a person who is in need of your money, if you fall for it and believe the act then it's on you.  It's NOT FRAUD
These actors are protected by the constitution and its free speech for them to act in these productions.  It's up to you to know this and to apply it to your life so their lies do not affect you.
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