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Today is April Fool’s Day – Don’t Forget the FCC’s Hoax Rule

If you are planning any on-air pranks on Monday for April Fools’ Day, think twice. 

While a little fun is OK, remember that the FCC does have a rule against on-air hoaxes. While issues under this rule can arise at any time, broadcaster’s temptation to go over the line is probably highest on April 1.

The FCC’s rule against broadcast hoaxes, Section 73.1217, prevents stations from running any information about a “crime or catastrophe” on the air, if the broadcaster (1) knows the information to be false, (2) it is reasonably foreseeable that the broadcast of the material will cause substantial public harm and (3) public harm is in fact caused.

Read the source article at Legal News & Business Law News

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