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Fake News: Evaluating News Sources

This guide illustrates how to identify fake news stories and how to fact-check and evaluate them.

Fake News

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Fake News are false stories that appear to be news spread through social media that are created to influence political views, make money, cause harm to a person or group of people or intended to be humorous.

There are several types of fake news stories

  • Satire - stories meant to be humorous or ironic (often politically inclined)
  • Distortion - stories/images that have been altered from their original form to be misleading
  • Clickbait - sensationalist headlines designed to make readers click on them to increase views and advertisement revenue
  • Hoax/Fabrication- stories that are completely made up and are untrue
  • Propaganda -  ideas, information and rumors deliberately spread to help or hurt a person, cause or institution

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