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Evaluating News Sources - Real or Fake?: Fake News

This guide is designed to help users identify and locate sources for real news.

What is Fake News?

The Oxford Learner's Dictionary defines fake news as:  "false reports of events, written and read on websites."
The Collins English Dictionary defines fake news as:  "false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news
reporting."

According to the online version of The Oxford English Dictionary the phrase "fake news" first entered the English language in an article published in the February 7, 1890, issue of The Milwaukee Daily Journal.

One Creator of Fake News

The BBC News web site published a story about a creator of fake news:  The Godfather of Fake News

 

Subedar, Anisa. "The Godfather of Fake News: Meet One of the World's Most Prolific Writers of Disinformation." BBC News, BBC , 27 Nov. 2018, 

      www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_godfather_of_fake_news. Accessed 5 Dec. 2018.

How to Spot Fake News - Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition

Listen to this report on fake news broadcast on WNYC's "Breaking News Consumer Handbook" series.  You can also read the summary
article or the entire transcript of the program.

 

How to Spot Fake News - IFLA Infographic

 

Infographic created by the International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions (IFLA).  It is based on the November 18,
2016, FactCheck.org article "How to Spot Fake News."

Guide Author

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