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Evaluating News Stories: What is Fake News

Fake news is a complex and growing problem for anyone doing research. This guide accompanies Dr. Johnson's COM 10 class

"Fake News" - definition

Fake News 

"Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word."

Other Helpful Terms:

Biased news: A way of reporting on a factual news story that is designed to sway a reader toward a specific conclusion. This differs from fake news because the underlying facts are true but may be presented selectively or misleadingly to encourage the reader to think a particular way.

Clickbait: A term used to describe articles, either real or fake, that have attention-grabbing headlines and intentionally inflammatory content, designed to entice readers to click on the article and share the content.

Confirmation bias: A tendency of people to seek out and trust sources that affirm a belief they already hold and to distrust sources that contradict their existing beliefs. 

Deep Fakes:  The use of videos and audios doctored through the use of Artificial Intelligence to make it appear that someone, such as a politician or celebrity, is doing or saying something controversial.  The malicious intent is usually to destroy their reputation or taint their message.

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