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Fake News: Determining Truth from Fiction


"Fake News," when taken to mean the intentional creation and distribution of factually inaccurate information, in order to influence or profit or both, has a long history.

In modern times, concerns about the impact of fake news or related concepts like misinformation on society have ignited debates about the best methods for countering the spread of bad information, including the de-platforming of bad actors, disclaimers on posted content, and changes in the ways that media literacy is taught at all levels of education.

Fake News, Summarized

Types of Fake News

You might be able to add more types of Fake News to this list, but the main types are these:

  • Hoax
  • Propaganda
  • Bias
  • Satire


When in doubt about the validity of a news source, use a CRAAPP test!

Sites to help you distinguish Fake News from Real News

How to Choose Your News

Just because a news story is repeated, you shouldn't assume it is Real!

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