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Types of Fake News

There are many ways to define fake news. While some people dismiss as "fake news" any information that is unwelcome or unflattering to them, this guide will help you become a more discerning reader and viewer of news media. The links below define some useful categories to keep in mind.

Parody - assumes the appearance of news as a form of humor (e.g., The Onion, The Daily Show)

Misinformation - presents inaccurate or incomplete information for one or more of the following reasons:

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History of Fake News

Fake news isn't new. Click the image to read about notorious examples throughout history.

Fake News Historical Timeline

"Fake News: Historical Timeline" by Common Sense Media is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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