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'Fake News' was a term initially used to describe fictitious news stories which were published during the 2016 US Presidential Election. They were either money-making ventures, aiming to get advertising from "click-bait" pages (ie stories which are so surprising large numbers of people will click on them) or deliberate attempts to mislead. Most 'fake news' stories appeared to support Donald Trump's election campaign. Trump adopted the term as a campaigning tactic to describe stories which were critical of him which came from reputable news organisations such as the New York Times and CNN which he claimed were untrue or exaggerated.

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