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What is Fake News?

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5 Ways to Spot fake News

How to Spot Fake News

Types of Fake News

There are four broad categories of fake news, according to media professor Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College.

  • CATEGORY 1: Fake, false, or regularly misleading websites that are shared on Facebook and social media. Some of these websites may rely on “outrage” by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, and profits.

  • CATEGORY 2: Websites that may circulate misleading and/or potentially unreliable information

  • CATEGORY 3: Websites that sometimes use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions

  • CATEGORY 4: Satire/comedy sites, which can offer important critical commentary on politics and society, but have the potential to be shared as actual/literal news

Fact Checking Sites

How to Choose Your news