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What is "Fake" News?

There are many types of "fake" news. Determining whether news is fake or not often depends of the intent of the author and the evidence behind the claims found in the article. News can be fake because:

  • Satire - the article is meant to poke fun at a person or event through the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule
  • Publicity stunt - the article reports on an event that was staged to distract from something else
  • Cherry-picking - the author only uses facts that support his/her bias or claim
  • Lies - the author makes up facts completely to spread misinformation
  • Accidental lie - the author accidentally cites an incorrect piece of evidence; the author will often update the article with a correction
  • Not newsworthy - the incident or event is reported in such a way that it is made out to be a big deal when it is not very significant or newsworthy

What is Media Bias?

Bias is defined by Oxford Dictionary as "Inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair."

Media bias is the bias or perceived bias of media and news agencies within the mass media in the selection of events and stories that are reported and how they are covered.

Fact-Checking Websites

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has created a top ten list of online fact-checkers. A few are listed below.

Headline Quiz

Take this quiz to see if you can tell which real headlines are "real" news and which are "fake" news.

Media Bias Chart

Spotting Fake News

Creating Fake News