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News makers/news fakers: What even is fake news?

Discover how fake news is spread, why people create it, and what we can do to avoid it.

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What is fake news?

What even is fake news? And why should we care about it? It's not hurting anyone, is it?

JCU Library and Information Services. (2017) What is fake news and why should I care about it? CC-BY-NC-SA.

More news about fake news

 Washington Post - How fake news makes money [0:44]

 Media Watch - The Today Show fooled by news satire [3:08]

 Buzzfeed - Teens in the Balkans are making a killing with fake news


Fake news in the news

While things that can be called "fake news" have been around for a long time, the 2016 US Presidential Election really brought it to mainstream attention. Have a look at these videos and news stories to find out how fake news has real impacts, and how news fakers gain by peddling lies.


Samantha Bee takes on fake news (contains some strong language)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016). Fake News, Real Consequences, Standard YouTube Licence.


"It's all over the media!" Trump supporters interviewed on CNN

CNN (2016). Trump supporters' claim stuns CNN anchor, Standard YouTube Licence.

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