Skip to main content
Banner Image

Hot Topics: Fake News and Misinformation: Home

What is Fake News?

Fake News is a recent term for an old phenomenon: misinformation. These published articles are designed to look like news, spread virally, and draw on people's strong emotions. People may publish misinformation for a variety of reasons, including:

  • political gain
  • advertising revenue
  • as a joke or prank
  • commentary on politics or culture (satire)

Fake News has become much more prevalent due to the spread of social media and our reliance on internet sources. Some politicians may use the term "fake news" to disparage reputable news sources that report unflattering information - this is not the type of fake news covered in this guide. Instead, we focus on misinformation, disinformation, and disreputable information sources. This guide will help you tell fact from fiction, and give you the skills to navigate the world of information.

Terms

Current News on the Topic of Fake News

Loading ...

Public Attitudes toward Fake News

Infographic: Where Exposure To Fake News Is Highest  | Statista You will find more polling data, and infographics, at Statista.

Can you tell real news from fake news? Play Factitious to find out!

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter - PolitiFact's Latest Fact Checks

Loading ...

Contact Us!

Want some help identifying reliable sources? Ask a librarian!

5729 Fogler Library · University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469-5729 ; (207) 581-1673

Chat is offline. Contact the library.