Madeleine McCann’s parents hit out at hurtful fake news in moving interview, marking 10 years since she vanished

30 Apr

Mr McCann, 48, a cardiologist, said: “I don’t want to dwell on the negative aspects too long, but I think in this era of ‘fake news’ it is extremely topical and I think people just need to think twice before what they write and the effects it has.

“Certainly I know ourselves with our own experience, both in the mainstream media and also on the internet, we just say I am not going to believe that until I see evidence of it. 

“I’m sure it is a very small minority of people who spend their time doing it, but it has totally inhibited what we do. Personally, we don’t use social media, although we have used it in Madeleine’s campaign. 

“But for our twins who are growing up in an era where mobile technology is used all the time, we don’t want them not to be able to use it in the same way that their peers do.”

The couple, from Rothley in Leicestershire, lamented that they had only been able to enjoy their “little perfect nuclear family of five” for such a short period of time. 

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