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Fake News: What is Fake News?

How to Identify and Avoid Fake News

Types of Fake News


Fabricated/Imposter Example

This article, taken from Daily Buzz Live is a classic example of fake news. It has been debunked by Snopes and lacks an author and date. The site has been labeled as fake news by Media Bias Fact Check and The Daily Dot.  

Propaganda/Bias Example

This article, taken from Clash Daily is an extreme example of bias. The author (who isn't listed) of the article is extremely slanted. The article is based on their feelings rather than factual information. Clash Daily is listed as a hate group/propaganda site on Media Bias Fact Check. It is also considered fake news by Politifact

Satire Example

This article, taken from the premier satirical site, The Onion, is a classic example of satire. This is a Photo-shoped picture that is meant to be absurd and humorous. However, it highlights the importance of taking a closer look at images online. Photographs are easily manipulated and should be checked. A good tool to use is Veracity, which is an iPhone app that does reverse image searches.

Clickbait Example

Taken from Nicki Swift, a celebrity gossip site, this headline is a classic example of misleading clickbait. The headline is written in a way to dramatize a relatively mundane subject. The reader is made to think that something nefarious has happened, when in reality the article is really about celebrities who have lost their fame and stopped performing. The writer is purposely being misleading in order to get clicks and therefore make money.