Fake news – types

2 years ago

At its core, “Fake News” are defined as stories, news that are false: the story has no verifiable facts sources or quotes, the story is fabricated.These stories sometimes can intentionally mislead the reader. They can also be propaganda or clickbait” written for economic incentives (the writer profits on the number of people who click on the story).In recent years, fake news stories have proliferated via social media, in part because they are so easily and quickly shared online. The content of “fake news” is more than just false stories. They may not include any verifiable facts or sources. Some stories may include basic verifiable facts, but are written using language that is deliberately inflammatory, leaves out pertinent details or only presents one viewpoint.

There are six categories collectively referred to as fake news. Some of which are actually fake (disinformation), others down to human error or biases (misinformation). Either way they all have a very loose connection with the truth and basically sit on a continuum of intent to deceive.

1) Satire or Parody – It’s the use of humor or exaggeration to critique, mock a person, organization or policy. Some websites publish fake news stories as humorous attempts to satirize the media, but have the potential to fool when shared out of context.

2.False content- When an image, quote or other piece of content is shared with false contextual information.

  1. False connection- When headlines, visuals or captions don’t support content.
  2. Manipulated content- When genuine information or imagery is manipulated do deceive.
  3. Fabricated content- When content is completely false and designed to do harm.
  4. Imposter content- when a well known name, brand or logo is impersonated.

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