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Fake News: Types of Fake News

How to sort fact from fiction: Evaluating sources for trustworthiness

Types of "Fake News"

Imposter News Sites

These websites are designed to look like legitimate sites and incorporate some facts into their stories, but the articles are false. They are an attempt to convince readers to pass the news on as if it were true. These fake news sites get revenue from the ads you see on the page.

WITscience

Real News Right Now

Satire

Satire websites are sites that may be topical, but the stories are not real and meant to be humorous.

The Onion

McSweeny's

Clickbait and Hoaxes

These websites also have bits of true stories but insinuate and make up other details to create an emotional response, typically anger or fear. Most of these are conspiratorial in nature, are very unreliable, and frequently shared on social media.  The stories often feature outrageous headlines in all capital letters.

The Daily Sheeple

REALfarmacy

How to Spot Fake News

How does "Fake News" work?

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