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POLS 111 - National Government and Politics (Ceriello): Home

Fake News presentation for POLS 111 classes.

Definition of Fake News

Common Definitions of Fake News

"News articles that are intentionally and verifiably false and could mislead readers"

Hunt Alcott, NYU &
Matthew Gentzhow, Stanford

"Fictitious articles deliberately fabricated to deceive readers, generally with the goal of profiting through clickbait"

New York Times

“Fake news is usually a mixture of truth and falsity….You’ll have some facts, and [they are combined with] some made up story that will be in accordance with your already biased partisanship.”

Vincent F. Hendricks,
director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS),
University of Copenhagen,
Author of Infostorms: Why Do We ‘Like’? Explaining Individual Behavior on the Social Net

“Although fake news is a relatively new ‘buzzword’, the problem of unchecked, misrepresented or untrue information has a long history.”

Emily Nordvang

Common Types of Fake/Bogus News

Types of Misinformation

Misinformation comes wrapped in many types of packages. Here are just a few:

  • intentionally false/bogus
  • unintentionally misleading
  • malicious
  • satire/parody
  • poor reporting
  • bad research
  • bad science
  • clickbait
  • pure propaganda
  • partisan
  • sponsored content
  • hoax
  • conspiracy theories
  • counterfeit
  • pseudoscience
  • fauxtography

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