What is “Fake News?”

You’ll Notice that the title of this guide doesn’t actually use the words “fake news” that’s intentional because saying “Fake News” over simplifies and over dramatizes the situation, but it is important that we don’t ignore this terminology because it exists and is widely used.

A lot of different things can fall under the heading of "fake news" Below are just a few different kinds of news/media items that may fall under the broader label of "fake news."

  • 100% false
    • Intentionally/Knowingly fake/fabricated stories or information presented as facts
  • Slanted reporting of real facts
    • •Selectively-chosen but truthful elements of a story put together to serve an agenda. One of the most prevalent examples of this is the PR-driven science or nutrition story, such as 'x thing you thought was unhealthy is actually good for you'.

  • Large-scale hoaxes
    • Deceptions that are reported in good faith by reputable news sources. 
  • Manipulated content
    • Misusing the Data or statistics 
  • Imprecise and Sloppy
    • Poorly researched information
  • Parody content
    • Sites like The Onion which are not meant to be taken seriously.