The simple reason why Judith Collins won’t delete her fake news tweet

The AM Show 10/08/2018

Judith Collins has explained why she hasn't removed her now-infamous fake news tweet.

The National MP told Duncan Garner that backing down would only make the situation worse.

"You know what it's like, Duncan, on social media. Once you delete something that becomes even more of a story," she explained.

"I'm not the one promoting anything."

The National MP was caught out taking aim at the Prime Minister. Ms Collins called on Jacinda Ardern to denounce France for voting against having an age of consent because of an alleged campaign by liberal activists to legitimise paedophilia around the world.

"Is @jacindaardern willing to denounce this legislation of child sexual abuse?" Ms Collins tweeted.

However the story came from a website known for its fake news, with other headlines including 'Hundreds Of Scientists Debunk Darwin's Theory Of Evolution' and 'FBI Admits "Aliens From Other Dimensions" Have Visited Earth'.

Judith Collins is laughing the controversy away.

Journalist Matt Nippert tweeted Ms Collins, saying, "The site Judith is retweeting is described by Snopes as a 'notorious fake news-generating website' and is famous for such stories as 'Katy Perry: 'Human Flesh Is The Best Meat; Cannibalism Got A Bad Rap'."

"Then she [Ardern] won't have any trouble denouncing it - will she?" Ms Collins responded.

Her actions led to widespread criticism and calls on her to remove the fake news from her Twitter timeline.

But Ms Collins is laughing the controversy away.

"It would have been better if I hadn't, but there we go," she told The AM Show host Amanda Gillies.

"I also work on this basis Amanda: life is way too short to go round worrying about everything."

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