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Fake news!: Introduction

What is Fake News? - ClickView (2020)

This video examines some of the issues that have arisen from this, defining fake news and explaining and providing examples of hoaxes, scams, clickbait, jokes, advertising, spin, propaganda, satire and sensationalism.

 7:47 minutes.

What is Fake news!?

According to Macquarie Dictionary, fake news is the” disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic, the incorrect information being passed along by social media.” (Macquarie Dictionary, 2019).

Fake news can be a deliberate act to mislead for financial or political gain. It is related to propaganda with a biased or misleading nature. It can be used to promote or publicize a particular cause or point of view, be it political or not.

Fake news is not a new phenomenon. However, it seems prolific and important now because it is easy to create and spread widely and rapidly. Fake news can be consumed quite easily due our 24/7 news cycle and social media.


Fake news. (2019). In Macquarie Dictionary (7th ed.). Retrieved from

Why are people falling for fake news?

People are falling for fake news quite easily due to a number of factors:

  • a decline of trust in the media and government.

  • lower attention spans.

  • any one can create content online with no strict editing and fact-checking guidelines that news organisations have to adhere to.

  • it is appealing to readers' emotions and biases.

Characteristics of Fake News

Generally, fake news has the following characteristics:

  • Factually inaccurate

  • Meant for mass sharing

  • Meant to distort and obscure people's views

  • Preying on prejudice or bias

What is not fake news:

  • A news story is simply inconvenient or impolite.

  • A news story that challenges viewers' beliefs or values.

  • A news story that is rejected by those in power.

  • Satire

  • Honest reporting mistakes

  • Some journalism that you don't like.

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