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:
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.
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