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Fake News and Media Bias: Fake News

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What is Fake News?

Fake news is "a work of fiction that is presented as a factual news story, often with the intent of deceiving the reader into believing it is factual and enticing them to share it."

DiLascio-Martinuk, Tracey M. “Fake News.” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2018


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Types of Fake News

Satire or Parody - no intention to cause harm but the potential to fool someone

Misleading Content - misleading use of information to frame an issue, person or group

Imposter Content - when genuine sources are impersonated

Fabricated Content - content is completely false and the intention is to deceive or cause harm

False Connection - when headlines, visuals or captions do not support content

False Context - when genuine content is shared with false contextual information

Manipulated Content - when genuine information or imagery is manipulated to deceive

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How to Spot Fake News

Consider the source

Read beyond the headline

Check the author/author's credibility

What is the support/source

Check the date

Is it a joke, parody, satire

Check for bias - your bias, an author's bias, the source's bias

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