Fake news is a problem. There’s no doubt about that. Only 4% of UK adults are able to correctly identify whether a news story is true or fake. What really brought fake news to the forefront, though, was its power during the US election, where some of the most shared stories turned out to be completely false.
So, what exactly is fake news?
Let’s start with the basic definition: fake news is an umbrella term for any fabricated story posted online. According to the BBC, there are two types of fake news: the first are false stories that are deliberately published to make people believe something that is untrue or to get them to visit a website — also known as ‘click-bait’. These consist of deliberate lies, with the writer knowing that they are false. Then there are stories that have some amount of truth to them but aren’t completely accurate. That’s usually because the writer hasn’t checked the facts, or their sources, before writing the story, or they exaggerate parts. Continue Reading
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