While the phrase “fake news” is not new, it became a trending topic in early/mid November 2016 and in relation to the 2016 presidential election. These were generally completely fabricated and hyper-partisan stories that often went viral, and generally outperformed real news, as well as any fact-checking follow ups to the fake news. These were […]
The phrase fake news was highly popularized around the time of the 2016 election. While it was meant to describe political news that often bordered on satire but which certainly convinced many people and was shared across social media, the use of the term has spread. Mainstream media (like CNN) and alternative media outlets (like Info Wars) often accuse each other of publishing fake news.
Summary: With the phrase “fake news” being tossed around, often with little context, many are left wondering what the term means. In this post, we’ll explain what is generally regarded as fake news organizations: Sources that (likely knowingly) frame narratives by publishing rumors or falsehoods and omitting easily obtainable facts and basic context in order […]