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What is Fake News?

Fake news is information posing as news, which has not been fact-checked and is not true. It could be clickbait, rumours, hoaxes, propaganda, or satire. 

Fake news comes from many sources.  The tumultuous political climate of the 2016 Presidential election resulted in more fake news that circulated,  especially on social media.   For students, it is even more important to question and know exactly where the information is coming from.   Students need to understand that news articles should be objective and unbiased.  To start off, it's a good idea to ask questions like these:

  • Who or what organization wrote the article? 
  • Where is this information coming from?   
  • What is the purpose of this news article?

Study Trends on Fake News

Nowadays, people generally get their news from online sites.  According to a 2016 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 6-in-10 Americans get their news from social media, with the top 3 consecutive sites being:

  • Reddit
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Another survey found that 75% of American adults who saw a fake news headline believed it to be true.  In November 2016,  a case study was reported by the New York Times on how a fake news story became viral.

We need to become more educated and informed on how and where our information originates.

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