Defining ‘Fake News’

What is ‘fake news’? The working definition of fake news I use is the following: 1intentionally 2factually incorrect news that is published to 3deceive and misinform its reader This definition can be broken down into three smaller components: (1) intention; (2) veracity; (3) deception. All of these affect whether something can be classified as fake …

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What are the differences between “misinformation” and “disinformation”?

Misinformation and disinformation are two terms that are often used interchangeably in fake news research, but what do they mean and what is the difference between the two? This is a quick blog post to clarify the notions of misinformation, disinformation and fake news. The primary difference between mis- and dis- is intent to deceive. …

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Long Form: The Online Services That Support Fake News

IntroductionI was recently looking at a fake news article that didn’t have the date the article was published anywhere on the page. I learnt a quick tip a few months ago to remedy this – you view the source code of the page and find the date in there, it normally looks something like:<meta property="article:published_time" …

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What is ‘Beyond Fake News’?

What are they doing?Launched by the BBC on the 12th November, the Beyond Fake News (BFN) project is a combined programme of original research, TV documentaries and special reports across the BBC’s networks in Africa, India, the Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Europe. The project’s raison d'être is media literacy and the BFN team have organised …

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Rumours, Racism and the Right in Chemnitz

Protesters and counter-protesters are currently facing off in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. Following the fatal stabbing of a man (and the non-fatal stabbing of two others) at a festival in the city by two men originating from Syria and Iraq, city-wide anti-immigrant protests and riots are taking place as far-right protesters clash with anti-fascist …

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