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Figuring Out Fake News: Fake News

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What is Fake News?



"...Fake news has the intention of disseminating false information, not for comedy, but for consumption ... Its purpose is deception."  

[from B. Alvarez, Public libraries in the age of fake news] 


          According to recent research, fake news falls into 4 broad categories: 


Fake, false, or regularly misleading websites that are shared on social media. Some of these websites may rely on “outrage” by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.


Websites that may circulate misleading and/or potentially unreliable information


Websites which sometimes use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions


Satire/comedy sites, which can offer important critical commentary on politics and society, but have the potential to be shared as actual/literal news

[from M. Zimbar, False, misleading, clickbait-y, and / or satirical "news" sources.]


[Retrieved from Statista Fake News in the U.S.]